A Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, has warned a presidential aspirant, Bola Tinubu, to be wary of erstwhile Rivers South-East Senator, Magnus Ngei Abe.
Eze warned that Eze is not a man Tinubu can trust alleging he diverted over N4 billion meant for road projects in his area.
The APC chieftain issued the warning in response to comments by Abe disparaging the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi.
Abe was recently alleged to have taken a veiled swipe at Amaechi, chiding him against coming close to the Presidency; hence he does not love stealing money.
Speaking at an event in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, while declaring his support of Tinubu’s presidential ambition on Tuesday, Abe was reported to have said the seat of the President is strictly for those that love money.
Nigerians don’t want anybody who does not like money to come near the Presidency,” Abe said.
Reacting, Eze challenged the former lawmaker to desist from dragging Amaechi while declaring his support for Tinubu.
In a statement forwarded to DAILY POST, the former National Publicity Secretary of the defunct New People’s Democratic Party (nPDP) Eze said “Senator Abe, reputed for political merchandising and sabotage, recently pitched his tent in the camp of former Lagos Governor, Sen. Ahmed Bola Tinubu, following the latter’s declaration to run for the 2023 presidential election under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
A man with a serious character defect speaks from both sides of his mouth and cannot be trusted and thus has severally jumped ship -from Amaechi to Wike to Sylva to Osinbajo and now Tinubu.
I have resolved never to discuss Senator Abe, haven seen how lowly placed and irrelevant he has become particularly, after exposing himself as one that cannot be trusted after jumping from Amaechi to Wike. Abe later left Wike and embraced Osinbajo and now he has sneaked away from the Vice President for Bola Tinubu. Sen. Abe is far from a man to be taken seriously and these times are too serious for his kind of politics. He is as unstable as water”.
Stressing that everyone reserves the right to association and free speech as allowed by law, Eze said Abe is at liberty to support whoever he wishes. Still, where his right to association is expanded beyond its elastic limit to the extent that it becomes toxic, the guardian of public manners is always ready to intervene.
Noting that “Abe has not escaped the infamy his thievery has earned him,” the party Chief counselled the “Ogoni-born to be preoccupied with thoughts on how to save his neck and the little remainder his public image from the N4 billion road contract fraud perpetrated against his community as publicly alleged by Rivers Governor, Nyesom Wike, during a visit to Beera, Abe’s home town.”
Eze counselled Abe to do his best to lay off on issues pertaining to “Amaechi and the APC particularly now that he is no longer a registered member of the party and do his best to clear his name from the allegation levelled against him by Governor Nyesom Wike in a video that has gone viral where he was alleged to have embezzled a whopping sum of N4bn meant to construct a road awarded to him within his community.”
He added: “It is sad that instead of addressing the issue that Wike raised, which he said is well documented, instead, Abe accused Wike of awarding to himself over 25 school projects without paying the contractors.
I am not interested in the comparison between Abe and Wike who ate more Rivers State money than each other but addressing why on earth should a road awarded to him couldn’t be completed or the money returned back to the state coffers.”
Eze tipped Tinubu to be wary of Senator Abe, noting that a “man who could divert N4 billion meant for the construction of roads in his own community, is not a character to be trusted with matters of public and even private interests.”
The APC chieftain called on Nigerians to continue to support the President Muhammadu Buhari administration and especially, “the Transportation Minister, Chibuike Amaechi, in his quest to offer quality service and deliver democratic dividends to the people.”