Abe, previously of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and a powerful Tinubu supporter, had just lately claimed that the President-elect was stoned on the Port Harcourt airport when he got here to canvass for votes for the candidacy of then-Normal Muhammadu Buhari through the 2015 election.
It might be recalled that Tinubu, on the occasion of Governor Nyesom Wike, was in Rivers State this week for a two-day go to throughout which he commissioned a street mission and court docket constructing.
Pulse stories that Wike, a Peoples Democratic Occasion (PDP) member, threw a State Banquet to honour the President-elect on Wednesday, Might 3, 2023, and the event was properly attended by chieftains throughout all political events.
Reacting to Tinubu’s go to to Rivers, Abe in a submit on his Fb web page on Thursday, Might 4, 2023, claimed that those that stoned the previous Lagos State governor have been the identical individuals who attended the dinner organised for him by the state authorities.
The Senator mentioned “violence” had been unleashed on Rivers folks and alleged that Tinubu was “conscious” of it as a result of he (Tinubu) was as soon as a “sufferer”.
Abe’s message learn: “I had ready a prolonged assertion in response to the diatribe towards me on the state dinner final night time. Nevertheless, having spoken with some mutual buddies and out of respect for the truth that the President-Elect, His Excellency Ahmed Bola Tinubu, remains to be in Rivers State, I’ve determined to carry my peace.
“Simply to set the information straight, His Excellency Ahmed Bola Tinubu himself is aware of from expertise that I’m not a liar and that I didn’t gather cash from him or anybody and simply put in my pocket.
“Once I talked concerning the violence unleashed on Rivers folks, he is aware of I’m telling the reality as a result of he has been a sufferer himself.
“He was stoned at that very same airport in 2015 when he got here right here with then Normal Buhari, so he has tasted that have; those that organized to stone him and people who stoned him have been on the dinner.
“Over the previous eight years, Rivers State Authorities has spent over a trillion naira on dwell protection throughout all main tv networks, but the ten minutes I seem on TV can spoil somebody’s urge for food at a state dinner.
“Flyovers and free and truthful elections should not mutually unique, we will have each; in truth, we didn’t should substitute flyovers for all the pieces else together with schooling for our youngsters, promotion for our civil servants, respect for our residents and conventional rulers, and a transparent plan for the expansion of our younger inhabitants.
“That was the rationale a non-existent get together led by a person who was neither a governor nor a sitting Senator was capable of seize the large assist and goodwill of Rivers folks inside three months.
I’ve withdrawn my petition on the election tribunal, and I’m at peace, please allow us to all permit peace to reign.”
However, Tinubu’s Media Aide, Tunde Rahman, described the declare attributed to Abe as “faux information”.
Responding to an inquiry by The Punch, the media aide mentioned “That’s faux information! Senator Magnus Abe couldn’t have mentioned that. I problem you to supply proof the place he mentioned that. If you wish to know, Senator Magnus Abe was among the many dignitaries that noticed the President-elect off to his airplane when he was leaving Port Harcourt yesterday.”
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