Scramble for cabinet position: Campaign of calumny against me unnecessary – Abe

Senator Magnus Ngei Abe has said the campaign of calumny being sponsored against him in Rivers state in order to score cheap political mileage is unnecessary.

Abe, who stated this while addressing guests at his residence in Bera, Gokana, shortly after the burial of late Godwin Baatee Bazari, noted that his political enemies do not need to blackmail him in order to gain appointment at the federal level.

He said: “All these campaign of calumny against me is totally unnecessary and I want to appeal to all Rivers people to let us cease-fire.

“Everybody across the country is looking for appointment and they are not looking for it by destroying one another. There is no need for us to destroy one another in Rivers state to look for appointments.

“You can market yourself without de marketing anybody else.

“If the issue is that they say I’m in SDP, I was in SDP when I nominated people to serve in the Presidential Campaign Council of APC.

“I was in SDP when I nominated people to serve in the Independent Campaign Council and they accepted. Then, it wasn’t a problem, how is that a problem now?

“If there are opportunities for Nigerians, we are also Nigerians and a lot of people will be able to improve their own lives. I think that is what we need.”

The former representative of Rivers South- east senatorial district at the National Assembly called on Nigerians to pray for President Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu who is determined to open up the economy and create opportunities for the people.

Abe said: “We should pray for God to give him wisdom, knowledge, courage, the ability and capacity to pick those that he can work with.”

He reiterated that there is no need to struggle or fight or engage in needless quarrel with anybody.

Earlier in his tribute in honour of late Bazari at the Methodist Church, Nigeria, Biara circuit, Dioceses of Gokana, Abe described the decease as a pillar of support when it mattered most and was never one step behind in times of challenges but weathered all, ‘standing side by side with us.’

“So I thank those of you who have come today to join us in this burial. Bazari was a friend, a brother who impacted on all of us. This is not a celebration but an acknowledgement of a life that has been well lived.”