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Why Fubara cannot be called Rivers political leader: Senator Abe

Former Rivers State Senator, Magnus Abe, says Governor Siminalayi Fubara cannot be considered the leader of the state.

Abe made this claim while speaking on the cold war between Fubara and Federal Capital Territory Minister Nyesom Wike on TVC’s Politics Night programme.

The former senator, a former gubernatorial candidate of the Social Democratic Party, SDP, in the 2023 elections, said that being a state leader went far beyond governing the state.

He said: “Being governor has made him the leader of the Rivers State government. But when he calls himself a political leader, that is something you have to work to earn.

“To say that Fubara is the political leader of Rivers State is a much broader context of leadership, and it takes time to build that kind of trust, followers, support and confidence.

“Leadership is all about trust and sometimes navigating these difficult waters helps you stand out as a leader when you start to trust yourself and can trust the direction you provide.”

Abe said it is Fubara’s responsibility to work toward that leadership.

“But he is the governor of Rivers State and it is his responsibility to work towards that leadership. But to say he is Rivers’ political leader would be putting leadership in a broad context. And it takes time to get there. It is necessary to unite people. You gain trust.

“As governor you have the opportunity to get there, but I don’t think they will give it to you,” he added.

Giving context, Abe said the late Aminu Kano was the political leader of Kano despite not being governor at the time.

Earlier, the senator said he had ended the long-running political dispute between him and Wike.

Ahead of the 2023 elections, Abe first fell out of favor with his director and former state governor, Rotimi Amaechi, who chose Lagos-based businessman and co-owner of Sahara Energy, Tonye Cole, as the Congressional gubernatorial candidate. All Progressives. , APC, in the state.

On the other hand, Wike settled for his political godson and then Accountant General of the state, Fubara, to succeed him.