The senator representing Rivers South-East senatorial district in the National Assembly, Senator Magnus Abe, has said that the people of the South-South geo-political zone should not be forced to support the second term bid of President Goodluck Jonathan.
Abe, who spoke in Port Harcourt, also said that there was no need to heat up the polity ahead of 2015 general elections since there was freedom of association and choice of who to support under the constitution.
He lashed at those who think that because President Jonathan wants to contest the 2015 general elections, no other person from the South-South zone should seek any other position in a democracy.
He said that the ascendancy of the South-South zone to the Presidency was as a result of zoning arrangement and that the people of the region do not constitute majority in the country, hence the need not to abuse the benefits.
He berated those attacking Rivers State governor and Chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, for not supporting the second term ambition of President Jonathan, saying that while the President has the constitutional right to seek for a second term in office, Amaechi also has the constitutional right to support whoever he wants.
Senator Abe said: “Those who acknowledge that the President has a constitutional right to contest must also acknowledge the constitutional right of others to support whoever they want. The constitution is for everybody.
“The best thing for us to do in this country, whether North, East, South, West or South-South, is to allow our politics to be driven by ideas. Those who feel strongly enough about something, regardless of where they come from must be allowed to canvass their opinions and express their feelings.”
The senator said: “Governor Amaechi remains a leading light in the country as a performer under our democracy,” pointing out that his developmental strides will speak for him at the appropriate time.”
He said: “Amaechi has already achieved a lot for Rivers people in different sectors. A leader with a focus and we will continue to support him under rain or sun. We must leave a legacy for the people of the state through the projects of this government.”