- Out of the three senatorial districts in Rivers state, the All Progressives Congress (APC) only won one
- Senator Abe of the APC is now calling on the state governor, Nyesom Wike, to fulfill his promise during the campaign
Soon after he was declared winner of the Rivers East senatorial district, Magnus Ngei Abe of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has called on Governor Nyesom Wike to fulfill his vow made during the campaign.
Abe reminded Wike that the governor promised to congratulate him if he won the election.
Out of the three senatorial districts in the state, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) won two while Abe won the third.
Reacting to his victory at the poll, Abe said the exercise was a titanic struggle.
In a statement he personally made available to NAIJ.com, the senator-elect said: "It has been a very difficult two years for Rivers people and for all of us.
"My victory in this election is a reward for faithfulness. I have been faithful to my party, the All Progressives Congress (APC).
"I have been faithful to my people, the people of the Rivers South East senatorial district and I have been faithful to my leaders and I think God in his infinite mercies has rewarded me with this unprecedented victory. There is no victor, no vanquish.
"I want to thank my friend and brother, distinguished Senator Olaka Nwogu for his very kind and peaceful words, which he has expressed to the people of this state."
He said further: "I also want to use this opportunity to extend a hand of friendship to the executive governor of Rivers state, Barrister Nyesom Wike, and to say to him that he had promised that there was nothing personal in this contest and he has said that if I win he will congratulate me.
"The only barometer for measuring success in an election in this country is the declaration by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the commission has declared me the winner, I want to call on the governor to keep his words and send me his letter and words of congratulation because I have won."
He noted that the state had suffered enough and that it is time for to bring the contest to an end.
"I want to thank my leaders, President Muhammadu Buhari, Rt Hon Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, my wife, my family and most importantly, the people of Rivers South East senatorial district.
"You have spoken and you have spoken loud and clear. We should respect your views. We should work together to make this district a better place for Nigerians to live.
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"I want to thank my colleagues in the Senate for their kind words, friendship and support and I look forward to joining them in the red chamber as soon as possible," he said.