The Rivers State All Progressives Congress group loyal to Senator Magnus Abe has voiced support for Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the party’s national leader, in his speculated presidential bid in 2023.
This comes after Wilson Ake, a former senator who represented Rivers West in the National Assembly, claimed that the #EndSARS protest in 2020 was aimed at Tinubu.
On Saturday, Ake spoke at the Freedom House, Senator Abe campaign Secretariat in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, during the launch of the Bola Ahmed Tinubu Support Group, dubbed BATS Vanguard, Rivers State chapter.
He said, “For us in Rivers State, we are solidly behind the presidency of our national leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. He worked so hard for the APC and he’s a detribalized man who has done so well for our democracy over the years.
“When Tinubu was working so hard for the APC, nobody talked about his age. He has finished working, now they are saying go and sit down let one young person come and take over. Does it work like that?
“I believe Tinubu is going there to make things better for Nigeria and Nigerians. He has the capacity and the ability to fix the economy of the country.”
He said the presidency was open to all qualified Nigerians and nobody should pull down another person for them to succeed.
“They went so far; started #EndSARS. In Lagos State, they ended up burning Tinubu’s television house and torched his newspaper house when he was not in government. The target was how do we decimate this man.”
He urged the state’s APC leadership to offer Abe the chance to run for governor in 2023, claiming that the Rivers South-East, where Abe is from, had yet to produce a governor since the state’s inception.
Tony Okocha, a former Chief of Staff under former Governor Rotimi Amaechi, claimed Tinubu had the ability to turn around Nigeria’s fortunes in the same way he transformed Lagos State when governor.
“Tinubu is the champion of Nigeria’s democracy. He can turn around the economy of Nigeria the same way he did in Lagos as governor.”
He said Tinubu understood the problems of Nigeria and knew how to solve them, adding that he had shown himself as a detribalized Nigerian who had developed a lot of people who came close to him irrespective of tribe or religion.
Okocha added that though Abe was not present at the event, he (Abe) was the leader of the group in the state and that he supported everything they were doing.