* Amaechi vows to support candidate from riverine Rivers
Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, has publicly supported the governorship bid of Senator Magnus Ngei Abe, who represents River South East Senatorial District in the 8th Senate.
Okorocha who spoke at the All Progressives Congress, APC, Victory thanksgiving service at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Garrison, in Port Harcourt, on Saturday, stressed that power belonged to God.
Referring to the scriptures, the Imo State Governor stated, “When John the Baptist went to the River for Jesus Christ to be baptised; after the baptism, spirit of God of God came from Heaven in the form of a dove and it is also like that for Senator Abe’s head; this is my son in whom I am well pleased.”
Okorocha who is a governor on the platform of the APC urged, “Power comes from God and nothing can stop whom God has anointed. Let us the peaceful and support our nation. I call for unity within members of the APC. Support your governments and work for the unity of the party. Let us love each other and support each other.”
In another development, the Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, who is currently having a long running battle with Senator Abe because of the latter’s governorship ambition boycotted the event and instead attended an APC rally in Bori, in Khana Local Government Area, under Abe’s senatorial constituency.
Abe who also spoke at the church service said he dedicated his victory to the electorate, adding, “You have elected us to serve and we will be your voice and we will speak. And when you represent the people you cannot be intimidated by any circumstance.”
Speaking earlier at an event organised by the Ikwerre elders and leaders forum of the APC in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area,
Amaechi who was a two term governor of Rivers State vowed that he will work for the emergence of governor under the aegis of the APC from the riverine area in 2019. Senator Abe, an Ogoni, is from the upland area of Rivers State.
“We cannot continue to hold on power in Rivers State. Dr. Peter Odili served for eight years. I served for eight years. By the grace of God, Nyesom Wike will serve for four years and we will take it from there.”
Amaechi urged, “When politicians of Ikwerre extraction come and ask you to vote for them in 2019, tell them that we from Ikwerre have had enough. We cannot continue hold on to power in the state. Please register and get your voters card. So, that we can vote for a governor from the riverine of the State in 2019.
National Chairman of the forum, Sani Dike, declared that the group has embarked on grassroots mobilisation to vote for an APC candidate in the 2019 gubernatorial election.
“We have stated loud and clear: APC is the only party that can make life more meaningful to us here on earth. We make no pretence about that. So, we are urging our members to register and vote for APC in 2019.”