Abe and Wike resolve long dispute

The protracted political feud between former Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike and Senator Magnus Abe may now be a thing of the past, following the latter’s declaration that he has “made peace” with the former.

Abe, who was the governorship candidate of Rivers State for the Social Democratic Party in the 2023 general elections, in a Facebook post seen by our correspondent on Thursday, said he had mended relations with Wike, now Minister of the Federal Capital Territory .

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

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

Following Amaechi’s preference for Cole, Wike allegedly made some scathing comments that some experts interpreted to mean that Amaechi had used and abandoned Abe, who served as Secretary to the Rivers State Government during his first term.

Although there was never an open verbal fight between Wike and Abe, who represented Rivers South-East in the Red Chamber of the National Assembly, the two former friends kept their distance due to their political differences ahead of the elections.

When Abe finally secured the SDP nomination and boasted that he would win the gubernatorial election, his rift with Wike deepened.

Even after the elections, Wike and Abe were not seen together until the visit of Bola Tinubu, then president-elect following his victory in the elections.

Tinubu was in Rivers at the invitation of Wike to inaugurate some projects completed by his administration.

However, both Wike and Abe were seen at the Omagwa Port International Airport, shaking hands in the presence of Tinubu, which was the last time they were seen together in public.

Wike and Abe, although in the PDP and SDP respectively, supported Tinubu to become president.

But surprisingly, Abe traveled in the same vehicle as Wike to the special thanks of Chief Tony Okocha, who is both the Chairman of the APC Caretaker Committee and Rivers State Representative on the Board of Directors of the Delta Development Commission. Niger.

The event was held at the Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Rumuapara in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of ​​the State.

Abe, in a statement on Thursday, admitted traveling with Wike in the same vehicle and claimed he had made peace with the FCT minister.

According to the statement, while noting that the APC is at home, Abe described Wike as a truthful and sincere politician.

He said: “I have made peace with the honorable FCT Minister and former Governor of Rivers State. I accompanied him to Chief Tony Okocha’s thanksgiving to show that my commitment to ending the rift in our party is complete.

“I want to publicly thank the minister; he could have behaved like other politicians: make peace with me and still encourage me, Tony and others to keep fighting (you bring Magnus in the morning through one door, then you bring Tony in the afternoon through the other door).

“But his style is direct, truthful and sincere, and he will create a united team. Internal disagreements have ended and disappeared forever because the oxygen for conflict has been extinguished.

“It may take a little time, but the end result is that all those who are with us and who sincerely wish us well will stand with us and follow the path of unity because we all know it is the right path to follow.”

This development may mend the rifts within the Rivers APC and pave the way for greater reconciliation of other aggrieved members who left or stayed away from the party activities.