An open letter to Rotimi Amaechi-Magnus Abe

Dear sir,
Many compliments. I know that in the course of our disagreement I
have not had any chance to speak with you and I choose to do so
now in the light of the many allegations you made against me in
the presence of the National Chairman our party Comrade Adams
Oshiomhole, Alhaji Farouk Aliyu, a valuable friend and colleague
His Excellency Alhaji Wammako, former Governor of Sokoto State,
and Hon. Braimah Chief of Staff to the National Chairman.
Under normal circumstances my response would have been copied
and delivered only to these four persons who were present at the
meeting when the allegations were made, but unfortunately the
allegations you made at the meeting are now been shared and
posted as facts all over the media even when I was not given any
opportunity to respond to them at the meeting. This goes to the
root of fair hearing and I feel I should be heard.
A lot of what you said was nothing but purposeful slander. Since
you released these information to the press I have no option than
to make my response to the public.
Let me say that I am pained beyond measure in taking this
decision but having yourself brought these issues before the public
you leave me with no choice. I will constrain myself only to the
issues you raised. However, should any more issues about my
character be raised in the public space I will respond in like
manner.
Sir, before I proceed let me repeat what I said at the meeting which
were:
1. That I remain grateful to you for every support and act of
friendship that you have shown towards me and my family.
2. That I did not and will not betray you in any way. My decision to
run for Governor of our state , a position to which you are not
aspiring and cannot aspire does not constitute a stab in the heart.
3. That in the course of our disagreement I have tried not to
respond to all the public things that you have said about me or to
show you disrespect. If however I have done so inadvertently in
any way I am sorry, and I apologize.
4. Throughout our relationship I have also done my best to add
value to your life and your politics in any way I reasonably could
and I will continue to do so.
5. The party should decide how best to properly conduct a primary
election in which I as a member of the party can stand a fair
chance since you as the leader of the party in the state has chosen
to work openly against me. Let me assure everyone that if that is
done and a candidate emerges I will file behind the candidate of
the party, and contribute my own quota.
6. In your response rather than deal with these issues you made
the following allegations which in my humble opinion were totally
irrelevant to the purpose of the meeting and intended only to
tarnish my reputation. I will list the allegations and respond to
them seriatim.
7. In responding to these allegations I will not introduce any new
issues neither will I try to defend myself anymore than necessary
because even if every thing you have said is true, it still does not
answer the question that was at the heart of that meeting which is
why I cannot be allowed to participate freely in the primaries of our
party.
8. Let me now go to the issues as raised by you.
9. You said that I arranged for my associates to write a petition
against you and your wife to the British Police. My response is that
not only is this allegation against me false but you know it to be
false. You had earlier told Governors Lalong and Bello that I ,
Magnus Abe wrote the petition against you to the British Police, so
your modification of your earlier allegation to now say it was my
associates is an acknowledgment that your earlier position is
unsustainable. I have never and will never go that far whatever
may be our issues, not just against you but against any other
politician, neither will I allow anyone else to do it. If you have any
evidence to the contrary please bring it forward and I will withdraw
from the race.
10. You said I was not elected by the minority party in the house of
assembly but rather Dr Odili asked you to go and choose your
team and you chose me as Minority Leader and imposed me on the
house. That is not true. I was elected as Minority Leader of the
Rivers State House of Assembly by the minority caucus at the
home of Chief Ebenezer Isokariari, our Governorship candidate in
the presence of Prince Emma Anyanwu. Those who contested
against me were Hon. Ben Horsefall, Hon Adokiye Oruwari, and
Hon John Bazia. Luckily all these actors are still alive and you
have their phone numbers for ease of reference. The PDP position
which you referred to is of course false to your knowledge,
because no one ran against me on the floor of the assembly as the
records will show.
11. You said I did not win elections in Gokana, and that Chief
Victor Giadom brought out a gun and stuck it to the head of the
Electoral Officer and threatened to kill him before results were
changed in my favour. This is laughable, the name of the E.O and
his phone number is available you can call him to ask if any such
incident ever took place. The issue in the Gokana election was that
party leaders in some wards who promised the Youth Corpers
refreshments deliberately refused to keep their word to the
personnel even when they had the means to do so. In anger and
frustration a lot of the corpers started changing results or
mutilating results in favour of PDP chieftains who came to take
advantage of the widespread anger among the electoral personnel.
Even then the action was not significant and could not have
affected the ultimate outcome.Yes Chief Giadom got there and
called my attention to what was going on. This was the call for
which I thanked Chief Giadom. It had nothing to do with guns and
before he called me several people had already called my attention
to this deliberate sabotage by some of our party leaders. It is not
surprising that these are the same persons that are opposed to me
today.
12. You said I am a serial betrayer and I betrayed Chinwe Aguma,
our late Attorney- General who was buried just a week previous to
this meeting, and you also cited the case of someone standing trial
for what happened during my elections that has been abandoned
by me. Both stories are also false to your knowledge. For one the
trial relates to an incident that occurred in Port Harcourt outside
my senatorial district and it is not election related. For the other I
was shocked that you could drag the name and memory of a friend
who just so recently passed away into the midst of our party
politics. However you said they should ask Igo Aguma his younger
brother who is with you and who told you that I betrayed Late
Chinwe. I will supply the phone number of Hon Igo Aguma for
anyone to call him and ask Igo to give the details and particulars of
this betrayal for public consumption. Till that happens I will respect
the memory of my late friend and hold my peace. Chinwe was
never a pretender, and no one could have used him to settle their
personal political score if he was alive.
13. You said I deceived you into appointing Mr. Derek Mene as
Executive Director in NDDC. I did not deceive you. I merely
reminded you of the promise you made to me that in the event of
an APC victory in 2015 that my interest in the national government
will be placed above every other interest in Rivers state including
your own interest. That clearly has not been the case. It was when
I reminded you of that promise that you conceded to the
appointment of Mr. Mene. I do not see how making an effort to
keep a promise you made voluntarily and without preconditions
can be said to be deceit.
14. You said I am working with Governor Nyesom Wike against the
party and you mentioned two things to buttress your allegation.
First, you said that when people went to court to protest against
the High Court ruling in the case filed by disenfranchised party
members in Rivers state, Governor Wike brought the Judge to the
court in his car and stood behind the judge while the ruling was
delivered. You quoted two senior police officers as your witnesses.
This of course is a lie.
15. You also said that Hon. Mpigi told you that Governor Wike gave
me 34 million naira for my thanksgiving. This also is a lie from the
pit of hell. I invited Governor Wike to my thanksgiving service for
two reasons, one was because you chose to host a parallel event
against me on the same day and second because I am Anglican
and my Archbishop who was to preside at the service called me
and asked me in the name of God to forgive the Governor and
invite him. Wike did not give me a Kobo to host the event and I
have never received 34 million naira from Wike. I am convinced
that even at the time you were saying that, you knew that was not
true. Governor Wike did not give you any money to host the Free
Rivers event in Bori the headquarters of Ogoniland on the day I
was holding my thanksgiving, neither did Wike take the decision to
disenfranchise party members and refuse nomination forms to
party members who paid money to the party to contest for
positions in the congresses. To continually drag Wike’s name to
the crisis created by deliberate acts of injustice to others, is
nothing but a cheap smear campaign. It will surely fail.
16. I was particularly sad when you told the National Chairman that
I cornered all NDDC contracts in Rivers state. All contracts in
NDDC are approved by the MD who is your friend. I have not
cornered any contract at all from the Commission. It is on record
that simple courtesies and favours extended to Niger Delta
Senators including PDP Senators are not extended to me. The only
issue you have with the NDDC is the fact that Mr Mene refused to
lead the campaign against me in Ogoniland despite all threats and
intimidation including the threat to hand him over to the EFCC.
17. You said I deceived you into sacking Mrs Ibim Seminitari so I
could appoint Mr Mene. This is of course a chronological
impossibility. I was one of the defenders of Mrs Seminatari even in
our meetings and the issue of Mr Mene did not come up until the
new board was to be set up. In other words Mrs Seminitari was
sacked by the decision to set up a new board.
18. You said I am only a friend to power and I only followed you
because you were powerful. Time will tell, because it is in the
nature of power to move. So one day we will either leave power or
power will leave us, then we will know those who follow us
because we have power. When we started our political journey you
did not have the power you have today. I can still remember
several times when it was just me and you together during your
battle to be Governor, and even more so when you we were
fighting the power of Jonathan. If I was only a friend to power as
you claim today, I would have moved on long ago. I have tried to
live by some rules that is why I have decided to contest for the
Governorship of our state even under this very difficult
circumstances and against your stated decision.
19. You said Chief Victor Giadom told you that I did not support
you when you were the court fighting for your mandate and you
named some Ogoni leaders as those who came to tell you that the
Ogoni people are not with me. I will refrain from mentioning their
names here but you may make their names public if indeed they
told you so. Please believe whatever is convenient for you today. It
will not change anything.
20. Finally, I have tried to go over everything you said about me
including the fact that if the story of my life is in ten chapters, you
will occupy six of it. My challenge is that even if you said is true, I
still cannot find the stab in the heart to which you kept making
reference that necessitated this bitter war in the party. The only
thing I can find is the fact that I insisted on my right to contest for
the ticket of our party against your stated desire. In my humble
opinion, that action does not constitute a stab in the heart of any
true democratic leader.

2 Comments

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