In a notable political move, Senator Magnus Abe, the former Rivers State Governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in the 2023 election, has officially declared his return to the All Progressives Congress (APC). Having initially left the APC for the SDP, securing the party’s ticket for the gubernatorial race, Abe has now reversed his political course.
The announcement came after a meeting with stakeholders in Port Harcourt, where he expressed his decision to rejoin the APC. This move by Abe holds significance, and it reflects the dynamic and evolving landscape of political alliances and realignments in Nigeria. The coming days may shed more light on the implications and reactions to this strategic shift in political allegiance.
He explained that his decision is to join other ‘well-meaning Nigerians’ to support the President Bola Tinubu-led administration, and to ensure that Rivers people benefit from the development at the centre.
He stated, “The new year offers a lot of opportunities and hopes for all Nigerians and indeed all Rivers people. My message has been consistent that we all need to come together; work together to be able to harvest these expectations for our people.
“So basically I called my people here today to intimidate them of some of the ongoing issues and also to let them know that we are returning to the All Progressives Congress to join other well-meaning Nigerians to support the government of President Bola Tinubu. And to do our own best to also make sure that Rivers people are able to be part of the development at the centre and to also carry the state along in what we are doing.”
Abe added that he and his team members were not back to the party because of any individual.
“We are in the APC because we are founding members of this party and we are grassroots supporters of the President. It is proper that we are in the party to continue to give that full support to the President’s developmental agenda,” he explained
Asked how he intends to work with those he allegedly fell out with when he dumped the APC to pursue his governorship ambition, Abe said he was ready to work with others to ensure prosperity for Rivers people.
He added, “My coming to the APC is to work together with other members of the party to ensure growth, inclusion, prosperity and progress for Rivers State and Rivers people.
“If we all have the same mind, we will be party to achieving that. So, I think that this is a new year and everybody who wants the APC to move forward in Rivers State need to realise that the APC cannot be a personal estate of anybody.
“We are all very strong characters. There is none of those people, myself, Rotimi Amaechi, Nyesom Wike and Tony Okocha that is a walk over. But you will also agree that if all of us must come together, there should not be any other force in Rivers State that can stop us.
“So, I believe that if we can find a common ground which we have all found in the APC definitely there is a space for everybody.”
Meanwhile, the State APC Caretaker Committee Chairman, Chief Tony Okocha, said Abe is welcomed to the party, describing him as a founding member of the party.
Okocha said this while answering questions from newsmen shortly after he visited the New Generation Vision Orphanage in Elelenwo, Obio/Akpor Local Government Area and the Home for the Elderly in Port Harcourt, where he distributed items, including bags of rice, cartons of noodles, toiletries and cash donations.
He said, “In politics, it is the more, the merrier. I listened to one of his (Abe’s) conversations on air that he intends to the APC. We can’t stop him.