Former Senator, Magnus Abe, has said the comment by Rotimi Amaechi, Minister of Transportation, on zoning of the Rivers governorship ticket was his personal opinion.
Abe’s spokesperson, Parry Benson, in a statement Wednesday night said Abe told a gathering of All Progressives Congress (APC) faithful in Port Harcourt that Amaechi’s declaration was a Greek gift to the riverine people.
“If you just stand and carry a microphone and begin to zone and unzone, everybody knows what you are doing. And so long as it is singularly done, it will not work,” he said.
Abe noted that those in riverine areas are smarter than those “who are trying to use them” saying no tribe nor group can produce a Governor without the cooperation and consultation with other groups.
“No one individual has such power and definitely, the former Governor (Amaechi) does not have that power,” he added.
Insisting that nobody can grow bigger than the people, Abe said Rivers State was the foundation of prominent indigenes and wondered why anyone would announce zoning without the election of Ward Chairmen, Ward officials, Local Government Area Chairmen and State Chairman.
“Is that sensible political action? Will that aid the APC to win elections in the state?”, the APC stalwart quipped.