Ordinarily I wouldn’t join issues with a treacherous character like Tony Okocha, but as a member of the ICC Rivers State, it is important to set the records straight.
Let me first buttress without equivocation of any kind to the reading public that Senator Magnus Abe is not in any contest with anyone over any political favour or contest for any ministerial position.
Secondly, Senator Magnus Abe is not in any form of contest with one Tony Okocha, the said Tony Okocha has a problem with himself and he is looking for a prominent personality for him to straddle on to gain relevance and also meet up with the task given to him by his sponsor Gov. Wike, but unfortunately, he met the wrong person.
It would be an insult for anyone to expect that Senator Abe responds to Tony Okocha, (shoe get size), and there is a big gap between the both persons. By political standards and in all ramifications, Tony is not and cannot equal himself to Senator Abe. So it is expected that Tony Okocha retraces his steps and immediately desist from further insults on Senator Abe, carried out daily on several WhatsApp groups; he should stop the blackmail and sponsored attacks; he should accord Senator Abe the respect he deserves.
Speaking essentially on ‘who did what’, ‘who worked and who didn’t work for President Bola Ahmed Tinubu in Rivers State’, many groups, individuals, and NGOs laboured and contributed assiduously to the success of the President in the last election and we cannot deny them the sheer contributions they made by only according the victory to one man, we would be ungrateful to do so. There are people who were involved and contributed highly in their different capacities that had not said a word.
Senator Magnus Abe was the arrow-head and eye of the President in Rivers state and was also a member of the Strategy committee which is the apex team of Asiwaju presidential campaign and elections. It was this same team that planned and executed the strategies that saw to the victory of President Tinubu at the presidential primaries. The strategy team was also behind the scene, the most strategic team of President Tinubu’s election, everything that has to do with the campaign council was ratified and concluded by this same strategy committee and Senator Abe was and is still a member of that committee till date.
So for anyone to come up today to say Senator Abe didn’t work for Tinubu spells how cheap and bereft that person is, it speaks ill of the character and personality of such a person and I will advice every reasonable human being to distance himself from such a character.
In Rivers State, the PCC which Tony Okocha was a member never worked or campaigned for President Ahmed Bola Tinubu. It was the ICC which Hon. Austin Wokocha was the State coordinator, that spearheaded the door to door and LGA campaigns of the Presidential candidate of the APC, President Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. All 12 or almost all state directors and members, of both ICC and PCC were recommended by Senator Magnus Abe including the treacherous Tony Okocha, who was nominated to head the protocol committee of the ICC, his job was in Abuja and not Rivers State. The chairman or co-ordinator of ICC and DG is not Chief Tony, Tony only headed the LOC of the presidential campaign in Rivers State in which we came together and made him the head because we were still believing that he is member of the Senator Abe’s political family, it was later we discovered that Tony Okocha was on some hideous agenda in which he has been given to execute by then Governor Wike.
Tony Okocha only came associating with the Rivers State Independent Campaign Council when he discovered that President Tinubu’s believe and trust for a victory in Rivers State is pointing towards the ICC and not PCC.
Through my office as Director of Research, Analysis, and Verification, we built the structure used in Rivers State and Chief Tony never knew about it, whatever we did, everything ends at the table of Senator Abe. Senator Magnus Has his foot soldiers on ground working for President Tinubu in Rivers State day and night, he was receiving reports on the progress recorded on daily basis and also pushing for other areas not covered, releasing funds and logistics.
Senator Magnus Abe’s support for Asiwaju cannot be limited to only Rivers State, he was instrumental to the different sectors and areas of President Tinubu’s elections, he was the face of Senator Bola Tinubu in Rivers even when he was contesting elections.
When it became a big issue for anyone to talk about the muslim-muslim ticket especially here in the South, Senator Abe took to national TV stations discussing the competence of both the President and Vice President and giving reasons why Nigerians shouldn’t jettison the duo because of religious reasons.
It is petty for someone like Tony Okocha who was nominated into everything he was in Asiwaju campaign to turn a three hundred and sixty degree in attempt to hoodwink the public into believing that: someone who never carried out any public event for Asiwaju, never spoke good about the president in any public space, but was rather instrumental in instigating Nigerians against Asiwaju on the muslim-muslim ticket, and over the continuation of the good works of former President Buhari, is now the only person who worked for President Tinubu in Rivers State, I think Tony Okocha needs to go for a psychiatric evaluation.
The said Tony, when he collected billions of naira from former governor Wike, abandoned all that concerned Tinubu and the presidential elections and was busy with campaigns for SIM Fubara the then PDP guber candidate. The ‘amalgamated group’ he parades that it was for the interest of Asiwaju is one of the biggest lies of the century by Tony Okocha, it was the group he created to cash out from former governor Wike, in the name of giving the former governors candidate in the state support from the APC. It was never a group for the interest of President Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
I want to challenge Tony Okocha now, to show the public a video of himself campaigning for Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu in Rivers State aside the many campaigns organized by Senator Magnus Abe in which he attended, let him show us or forever keep quiet on these issues.
Gbarabe Lennox D.
Director Data Research, Analysis and Verification Tinubu/Shettima ICC, Rivers State.