Tony Ita Etim, Port Harcourt
The All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in the Rivers South East Senatorial District re-run election Senator Magnus Abe has raised alleged that Governor Nyesom Wike is planning to kill him.
Abe made the allegation in Port Harcourt, Rivers State while answering question on a local radio state on his role in the soldiers invasions of some Ogoni communities which left many dead.
Abe alleged that there is a “conspiracy hatched by Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to malign his character and incite the Ogoni people against him before the March 19, 2016 State and National Assembly re-run elections.”
According to Abe, ” the case of the military approved by Gov. Wike to raid the home of ex-militant leader Solomon Ndigbara was the script the governor and the party were using to malign his character and incite his people against him;” and insisted that he knew nothing about the operation and had no part in it.
He expressed fear that his life could be in danger because of the level of conspiracy against him by Governor Nyesom Wike.
Abe claimed that there had been a meeting of militants in Ogoni sponsored and masterminded by Governor Nyesom Wike against him.
“There is an evil in Rivers State and I have chosen to speak against it. If anything happens to me, Nigerians, Rivers, Ogoni people and my family should hold Governor Nyesom Wike and his PDP people responsible because the threat against my life is too much”.
Abe said that he fears a situation where he could be attacked and the Rivers State government led by Wike would paint a picture that his people killed him because of the Yeghe crisis.
He noted that the Ogoni people love him and would not do such except outsiders or those who could be sponsored by the state government.
He said that the governor and PDP were seeing him as a strong voice from APC that must be silenced at all cost.
The former Secretary to the State Government narrated how the governor at Luuwa in Khana Local Government Area during the 50th birthday of Senator Lee Maeba had charged his supporters to stop him by all means, and pointed out that he specifically said to stop and not to vote against him.
Abe pointed out the ripples of the threat were beginning to manifest with the Yeghe crisis, attempt to malign his reputation and now a meeting of the militants.
He wondered why the governor would sponsor a social media attack where he was described as a desperate politician who would want to win at all cost with the blood of his people.
The senator continued that those who knew him would testify that he had never been a desperate politician.
Abe recalled that when the caucuses in the Senatorial District endorsed him in 2003, and the leadership of the party said otherwise and chose Senator Lee Maeba that he quickly supported Maeba without fighting him.
He further recalled that when his party did not approve of his ambition to be the governor of Rivers State, he did not fight the party neither did he give them personal conditions but rather presented only the interest of the Ogoni.
He also stated that when Nyesom Wike was detained by the EFCC, he went to EFCC to obtain his release insisting that without the release of Wike that he would not leave. This, he said, compelled the EFCC to detain him together with Wike.
He said that a person with such antecedent could not be referred to as a desperate politician.
“I want to say clearly that Rivers people know that I am not a desperate politician and will never be. Between me and Governor Wike who is desperate for power”, Abe submitted.