By Joseph Uwakwe
Former representative of Rivers South East Senatorial District at the National Assembly, Senator Magnus Ngei Abe has said that Rivers people will decide who will govern them in 2023 as their fate does not lie in the hands of any individual.
Abe made the declaration at Omoku, while addressing some party faithful and returnees of the All Progressives Congress (APC), from different political parties in the Rivers West senatorial district of the state.
He commended their decision to re-unite with other members of the party in order to build purposefully, describing them as men of honour and integrity who have placed the interest of state and interest of the party above parochial sentiments.
The Senator maintained that, for Rivers State to actualize the dreams and aspirations of its founding fathers, the people need to come together regardless of whatever may have transpired in past and focus as the project is about the state.
Abe said: “Let me thank each and every one of you for the decision you have taken; our brothers and friends from Rivers West who left the course and have decided to comeback for us to join hands together, to get this boat to the shore.
“I also want to assure you that that what you have done is what is expected of men of honour and integrity to put the interest of the state and interest of the party above every other interest.
“I want you to know that to take Rivers State to where it needs to be, all of us must come together regardless of what we have done before, regardless of what we have said, regardless of what we have felt before.
“This project is about the future of Rivers State not about the past. Whatever is past let it remain in the past. For what is in front of us is more important than what is behind us.
“Once again, I am very, very happy to welcome you all back in to the party and to say, that I will like to invite all men and women of goodwill across Rivers state, those who have the courage, those who have the knowledge, those who have intuition to be to see what has not happen that can happen.
“Those who have the capacity, those who have the quality to be able to understand what people say, that the time is now.”
He went further to say, that it is important for people to realize that the APC in the state is made up of people, who have brains and could think for themselves.
The Senator said: “It is important for people to realize that the APC in the state is made up of people, who have brains and could think for themselves.
“And so, we must learn to do things differently as this struggle to enthrone internal democracy in the party is not all about Senator Abe becoming governor.”
Earlier, leader of Rivers West senatorial District Plus One, Lucky Ottos said they took the decision to re-unite with party members for the interest of a better Rivers state.
Ottos said: “We cannot handover Rivers state to people who are not qualified to govern and that’s why we sat down and decided that we will work you; Senator Magnus Ngei Abe”.
Highlight of the event was a presentation of request to Senator Abe by the group,urging him to throw his cap into the ring and run for governor of Rivers State in 2023.