The lawmaker representing Rivers South East at the National Assembly, Senator Magnus Ngei Abe, has revealed what the immediate past Governor of Rivers State, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi did when Prof. Yemi Osinbajo was announced as the Vice Presidential candidate for Muhammadu Buhari in 2015.
Senator Abe was reacting to an earlier report where Amaechi, currently the Minister of Transportation, described him (Abe) as a betrayer.
In an interview granted to journalists in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, Amaechi had claimed that Abe fell ill when he (Amaechi) picked Dakuku Peterside as the governorship candidate of the state.
But in a statement he personally signed on Tuesday, Abe said it was Amaechi who went into shock and a doctor had to be brought in to treat and placed drip on him all the night to stabilise him when Osinbajo was chosen ahead of him as the Vice President.
Abe said, “My attention has been drawn to an interview granted by the Minister of Transportation, Rt Hon Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi. In the interview widely publicized and several online media houses, the minister was said to have among other issues raised therein described me as a “betrayer and an ingrate.”
“Nigerians are aware that Mr. Amaechi has been calling me names for the past two years and in keeping with my personal values and upbringing, I have refrained from joining issues with him in the public domain. However, it has become imperative that I set the records straight on the issues raised by the minister so that Nigerians will know the truth.
“Mr. Amaechi said I fell ill when he picked Dakuku over me in 2015. I should answer honestly that I did not fall ill. Indeed, Mr. Amaechi himself will recollect that Rivers youths almost set the Government house on fire, and that I came out to address them and went on air to appeal for calm. He can also remember that I arranged a meeting of Ogoni leaders who met with him in the aftermath of that decision. No doctor attended to me.
“But he will also remember that when Prof. Osinbajo was announced as Vice Presidential candidate of the APC, he went into shock and a doctor had to be brought in to treat him.
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