Magnus Abe has again poked Rotimi Amaechi with a call on the people of Rivers State to come out massively to participate in the forthcoming Rivers LG election.
The call from Senator Abe is despite the opposition of the mainstream of the APC led by the minister of transportation and some interests against the conduct of the election.
GWG had reported that local government councilors and chairmen elected in the last days before Amaechi left office as governor had gone to court to stop the election.
Countering the mainstream, Abe said the people must be fully engaged in the democratic process to elect who represents them at the grassroots.
Abe reportedly made the call while speaking at a meeting of stakeholders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Port Harcourt recently, according to a statement issued by his spokesperson, Parry Benson.
He objected to some dissenting voices in the APC that wanted members to boycott the Rivers LG election, insisting that political parties are formed as a vehicle whereby, members could aspire and be elected to serve their people and condemned such insinuation as counterproductive.
Abe said, “the fact that we have different political parties does not mean that we are suddenly, no longer Rivers people. It is not correct, and that is not how to grow the state.
“If we don’t come out to participate, how do we tell the world that the election was free or fair? How do we say what was wrong with an election we refused to take part? How do we make elections better in Rivers State if we don’t come out and participate,” he said in rejection of calls for the boycott of the Rivers LG election.
“The requirement to contest in an election is that you should be a member of a political party and we are members of the All Progressives Congress (APC), and therefore eminently qualified to contest in the elections in Rivers State. It is our State.
The purpose of election is to serve the people. If they pick our people, they should be allowed to serve.
“We are challenging the governor of Rivers State to organize the election in the way he said he wanted elections to be organized and let Rivers people go out and contest. Test their popularity for the people to decide on those they want to run the affairs at the grassroots. That’s the purpose of politics.
“Wike has always talked about how he wants free and fair election without federal might and force, this is the time to show working.
Challenging the organisers to ensure that the Rivers LG election is free and fair, he said:
“We are challenging the Rivers State Independent Electoral Commission (RSIEC) to make the election free and fair, let Rivers people go out and contest.
“I want to encourage any politician who wants to aspire to an office; this is the time for you to test your teeth. Even though you don’t win, at the end of the day you learn valuable lessons on how to plan, organize, and grow in your political career”.
He, however, vowed to continue in the pursuit of justice in the APC in order to promote a better model of politics in Nigeria.