The Senator representing Rivers South East Senitorial District, Senator Magnus Abe, has Released a press statement , condemning the action of the Peoples Democratic Party Rivers Chapter and the Governor of the state Nyesom , for plotting to tarnish his image among the Ogoni people. His press statement reads

My attention has been drawn to a devilish plan by a group of desperate politicians to  launch a smear campaign against candidates of the All progressives congress,APC , in order to deceive the Ogoni people and steal their votes in the forth-coming rerun elections.

These desperate politicians led by a Commissioner in the service of Government  and a senatorial candidate of one the political parties which is facing imminent rejection from the people of Rivers South-East Senatorial District in the forth-coming rerun elections have released N50,000,000.00 ( fifty million Naira) to actualize this mischievous plot.  Ten million naira has been given to each of the four Ogoni Local Government Areas and another ten million naira to a central organizing committee  to mobilize and incite Ogoni youths against the APC, particularly against me Senator Magnus Abe on the false and spurious grounds that I  and the APC are behind the present crisis in MOSOP as well as the security operations against suspected cultists and kidnappers in Ogoni land.

As Ogoni people, we must be wise and not allow ourselves to be deceived a second time. The state of crime, armed robbery, kidnapping and cultism in Rivers State has reached an all time high. Everybody has been or may be a potential victim–PDP members, APC members, non-politicians, women, men, children and even the clergy including our revered Arc Bishop Kattey have been victims. Businesses  are shutting down in Rivers state and lives are no longer safe. Security operations are going on all over Rivers State to stem the tide. We heard of security operations in Abua, Onelga, Port-Harcourt, Okrika, Ikwerre, Emouha, Ogu- Bolo. Etc, etc.  How can politicians now sponsor youths to accuse me and the APC if the same state-wide operations take place in Ogoni land?  Is Ogoni not part of Rivers state?

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Unfortunate as it is, leadership crises are not new to MOSOP. MOSOP is an organization, and crises can and do occur in every human organization. Noble Ubani, Goodluck Digbo, and even recently Chief Mike Nwidobie have all been part of leadership Crises in MOSOP at one time or the other. The Ogoni people have always found ways to resolve these crises peacefully. Fifty million naira has never been spent to accuse any politician  or political party of sponsoring these crises. This is even more painful at a time when we have a Government that has not spent 10,000,000.00 (ten million Naira) on any development project in Ogoni land.

There is need for us to be wise. The leadership crises in MOSOP are not sponsored by me, the security operations across the state are not sponsored by me. I have promised to work with all well-meaning Ogoni leaders to find a solution to the present crisis in MOSOP, people should therefore use public resources to help our people and not to sponsor violence and needless division amongst our youths.

The funds released for this needless demonstration can be better utilized to support our children as they go back to school. The demonstration  will not stop my re-election as the Senator representing the Rivers South East Senatorial District because the people of Obolo, Opobo/Nkoro,  Oyigbo and Ogoni have taken a decision to vote APC.

The demonstration will not help to bring peace to MOSOP. As a responsible Ogoni son, I have consistently supported MOSOP with my presence and my resources.  Whenever MOSOP had faced challenges in the past,  I had worked with the leadership of MOSOP to overcome such challenges. People who are now concerned about MOSOP should say what concern they show  towards the survival of MOSOP when there are no elections in sight.

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Our people are wiser, and their future is brighter, no one can deceive us to pull us down again.

I call on all security agencies to be vigilant, this so-called demonstration  is not organized in the interest of MOSOP, it is a political demonstration organized by cultists and their sponsors to create fear and generate tensions ahead of the rerun elections.

Senator Magnus Abe

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