The senator representing Rivers South East senatorial district, Magnus Abe has said that he will not attend the public hearing on a petition written against the Nigerian Army by the Civil Liberties Organisation.
Abe, in a letter he wrote to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, claimed that the public hearing was part of the political manipulation of the Governor Nyesom Wike-led Peoples Democratic Party’s government in Rivers State.
He stated that the petition was signed by Mr. Livingstone Wechie, an ally of Wike who has been against the All Progressives Congress in Rivers State
Abe’s letter to Dogara was titled, “Re: Politically manipulated public hearings on Rivers State.”
The letter read in part, “Mr. Speaker sir, I have read through the said petition and it is clear that the petition sponsored through your office is nothing but an ill-disguised attempt by the Peoples Democratic Party to manipulate federal agencies and influence public opinion in order to secure undue advantage for the PDP in the coming rerun elections.
“The public hearing is part of the political manipulation of the Governor Nyesom Wike-led Peoples Democratic Party’s government in Rivers State
“Wechie was the pilot of a group, Integrity Group, which submitted a petition against former Governor Rotimi Amaechi before the Senate.
“He was also the plaintiff in a suit which was filed to stop the swearing in of an APC lawmaker, Victoria Nyeche, to the Rivers State House of Assembly.
“Wike had for long been manipulating the National Assembly to intervene in the affairs of Rivers State against the interest of the opposition APC in the state.”