SENATOR representing Rivers South-East in the National Assembly, and chairman, Senate Committee on Petroleum (Downstream), Senator Magnus Abe, Sunday, described the visit by the Rivers State chapter of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, to President Goodluck Jonathan as capable of truncating reconciliatory moves among aggrieved members.
Senator Abe in Bori, headquarters of Khana Local Government Area of Rivers State, noted that the group that visited the President was a faction of the party leadership in the state.
He said: “I am a senator and a member of PDP, but was not invited; the state deputy governor, Engr. Tele Ikuru, to the best of my knowledge was not invited. Members of the House of Representatives were not invited just as several other stakeholders.”
The Chairman, branded the delegation as people against Governor Rotimi Amaechi, christening the visit “a vengeance mission rather than peace.”
Senator Abe observed that such visit clothed with blackmail and mudslinging, cannot bring reconciliation or neither create peace “except they are saying the peace process has been abandoned for vengeance mission.
“In the address presented during the visit, Governor Amaechi was accused of instigating crime in the state. Such comment is anti-peace. If you are aware that the governor is instigating crime, report him to the police, arrest the perpetrators and let them tell you how the governor instigated them to commit crime.”
The former Secretary to the Rivers State Government advocated togetherness among party faithful “especially at this challenging moment” explaining that uniting members genuinely should be paramount to all who want President Jonathan to succeed.
“If you felt you were excluded, which makes you unhappy, trying to exclude others will not bring peace in the party, we will have peace when there is a sense of inclusion; the visit to the president will not bring peace and reconciliation because it was a shadow of inclusion,” he said.