Abe harps on Ogoni unity FeaturedWritten by EMMA OWHONDAH
The All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in the Rivers South East Senatorial District re-run election, Senator Magnus Ngei Abe, has enjoined Ogonis not to allow party differences and affiliation affect their unity, a statement by Parry Saroh Benson, Spokesperson to Senator Magnus Abe, said.
Speaking to newsmen on the sidelines of the 50th birthday of Senator Lee Maeba at his home town, Luuwa in Khana Local government area, Senator Abe said that political differences are mere approaches of addressing the developmental challenges of the people and should not be allowed to cause disaffection.
Abe tasked all leaders in Ogoni, irrespective of their political affiliations, to forge a united voice on issues that affect the people. The APC candidate said it should be without rancour, adding that such would accelerate the development of the area.
“As I have always said, politics should be about the people and it should not be about enmity. It should not be that because we are not in the same party, we cannot be friends and cannot relate as brothers”, he said.
The former Secretary to the Rivers State Government stated that he was in Luuwa to felicitate with Senator Maeba on his birthday and to wish him well, pointing that politics should not prevent him from sharing joy or sorrow with a fellow compatriot, brother and friend.
Senator Abe said that if other politicians viewed politics like he did, there would no violence and killing.
He noted that the Ogoni need people like him to represent them in order to de-escalate violence among the people and encourage peace, love and unity in Ogoni land.
"It is for the electorate to reward the kind of behaviour they want to see. If they want to see politicians who behave like me, they should make sure that politicians who behave like me are elected”, he said.