RIVERS: Abe emerges SDP’s gov candidate

FORMER Rivers South-East lawmaker, Magnus Abe, has emerged governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Rivers State.

Abe, the sole candidate, polled 30 votes in the substitution primary election conducted by the party in Port Harcourt.

The exercise was duly monitored by officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as stipulated by the Electoral Act 2022.

Recall that Abe had only yesterday announced his defection to the SDP.

His spokesperson, Parry Benson, said the former federal lawmaker has pitched his tent with the SDP.

He said the former lawmaker announced his membership of the new party in a post on his Facebook page.

“Former representative of Rivers South-East Senatorial District at the National Assembly, Senator Magnus Ngei Abe has said that he is a member of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), and very committed to the growth of internal democracy in the politics of Nigeria,” said Benson.

“Yes, I am, and I have been a member of the Social Democratic Party (SDP),” Senator Abe said in the social media post. “I remain irrevocably committed to the ideals that have driven my politics through the years.

“And we will continue to do all we can to improve internal democracy in the politics of our country and focus on the people.”

Senator Abe has, for a long time, been at loggerheads with the immediate past Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, over the leadership of the APC in Rivers State.

Last Wednesday, Senator Abe who could not get the APC governorship ticket in Rivers announced his exit from the party.

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