* Says Amaechi’s campaign against him will not succeed
By Codratus Godson
Senator Magnus Abe has at last jarred his teeth at the media and has threatened to sue a national newspaper known for strong political reporting and a media consultant believed to be close to Transportation Minister, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi.
In a statement made available to the media by Parry Baroh Benson, Abe said his attention had been drawn to a news report in the newspaper of Saturday 19, 2019 in which he said one Chief Chukwuemeka Eze continued to malign him and misinform the public with respect to the political crisis rocking the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State.
In the statement, Abe said purveyors of falsehood and deliberate campaign of calumny must be brought to account, as their aim is to destroy a reputation that had taken time and consistent actions over the years to build.
Eze had in the said publication alleged that the ‘unfolding drama in Rivers State has exposed the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) and the lawmaker representing Rivers South-East Senatorial District, Senator Magnus Abe as working together to cause confusion in Rivers APC.
Senator Abe said, “The entire nation is aware that there is crisis in several political parties, and several state chapters of our own political party, the APC in Nigeria. But, rather than pursue civilized options of dialogue and reconciliation which could have resolved the Rivers crisis before it ballooned out of proportion, political mercenaries, and conflict entrepreneurs who have no ward or polling unit in Rivers State have continually misled the Minister of Transportation into the false belief that he was a superman and every contrary voice in the party must be crushed.”
He went further to say, “I have no issues with Pastor Cole but Nigerians will always remember, that as one of the founding members of the APC in Rivers State, I did not leave the APC to attempt to take over Sahara Energy as its Managing Director, rather it was Mr. Cole who brought himself into the midst of a raging political dispute in the APC in Rivers State to claim the award of the gubernatorial ticket of our party in the state without a proper understanding of the issues in contention. He made the choice to ignore the existing court orders that already defined the issues in the party.
“The decision to ignore party members who were summarily barred by the Minister of Transportation from taking part in the party congresses was not a decision taken by Governor Wike. For those who set the house on fire, and refused water to douse the fire even when it was offered to turn around to continually malign people who have practically sacrificed their lives for the party is most offensive’”, he said.
Senator Abe stated thus: “In the light of this continued campaign of blackmail and calumny, I have instructed my lawyers to take out a writ for libel against Chief Eze, the Nation Newspaper and his sponsors. The time has come for him to step out and defend these allegations in the court of law.”
The suit may bring fear in the media especially social media in the coming months.