The sharp political differences between Chibuike Amaechi, the former Governor of Rivers State and now Minister of Transport and Senator Magnus Abe, representing Rivers South East in Rivers State degenerated into a Physical combat between Supporters of both Camps in Buguma the Headquarters of Asari Toru Local Government Area of Rivers State.
PUO REPORTS gathered from Party Sources that Amaechi directed a former Local government Chairman of Asari-Toru Local government area and a Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Ojukaye Flag-Amachree to ensure the rally by some Supporters of Senator Magnus Abe didn’t hold today in Buguma.
It was gathered that some thugs sent by Mr Amachree attacked Supporters of Senator Magnus Abe who were holding and strategizing on the 2019 Governorship ambition of Senator Magnus Abe.
The Political battle between Amaechi and Abe is hinged on the 2019 Governorship ambition of Senator Magnus Abe who was denied the All Progresive Congress Governorship ticket in 2015.
Supporters of Senator Abe have been swelling in rank as they accused Amaechi of not recognising that the Senator is the only political asset the party has to fight and upstage Governor Wike ahead of 2019 governorship election.
Abe’s supporters argue that Senator Abe is from Ogoniland. For over 50 years that the state was created, no Ogoni has ever been made a Governor, Deputy Governor, Speaker of the state House of Assembly and Chief Judge. Magnus Abe got his election upheld by the National and State House of Assembly election Petition Tribunal sitting in Apo Abuja after the Petition by the Senator Olaka Nwogu of the PDP was dismissed.
Observers of Rivers politics are alleging that Amaechi’s ‘fear’ about Abe becoming Governor is that he would not be able to control him. Some claim that Abe is stubborn and very independent minded and may not be loyal to Amaechi as a political “godson”, when he realises his ambition.