Rivers Politics: Magnus Abe Dumps SDP, Set to Unite With Wike in APC
Senator Magnus Abe, the 2023 governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) has revealed that he has concluded plans to dump the party in order to join the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Abe according to sources close to him has resolved to work with the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mr. Nyesom Wike to confront the breakaway Governor Siminalyi Fubara of Rivers State as divisions continue in their home state politics.
Both Abe and Wike were at daggers-drawn before the 2023 general elections with Abe accusing Wike of sending thugs to make attempt on his life and denying the SDP and other opposition political parties free campaigns in Rivers State.
However, during a programme on Channels TV on New Year day, Sen Abe stated that, “Politically, I am heading back for the APC.”
Earlier, as part of his grand plan to move into the APC, Nyesom Wike, the immediate past governor of the oil-rich Niger Delta state had made 27 members of the Rivers State House of Assembly who are loyal to him to defect to the APC.
The move of the lawmakers elicited an unprecedented political crisis in the state which led to the declaration of the seat of the state lawmakers vacant and subsequent sacking of the Speaker of the House and mass resignation of commissioners in the state that were deemed loyal to Wike.
A top politician from Rivers State who wouldn’t want his name in print told FACTSHEET that the coming together of Wike and Abe “will not change anything in the current situation in Rivers politics.”
“Sen. Abe just want to secure a job in President Tinubu’s government, I know Abe and Wike cannot work together for a long time,” he concluded.