Wike’s Alliance With Tinubu Reason For Withdrawal Of My Petition – Magnus Abe
Magnus Abe, the Social Democratic Party (SDP) candidate for governor in Rivers, has revealed why he withdrew his petition challenging the outcome of the state’s governorship election.
Abe had challenged the declaration of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate Siminialayi Fubara as the winner of the governorship election in Rivers state before the Election Petitions Tribunal.
Recently, the SDP candidate for governor announced the withdrawal of his petition challenging the PDP candidate’s victory at the tribunal.
Abe stated in an interview with Channels Television on Tuesday that he had withdrawn his election petition due to the alliance between Rivers Governor Nyesom Wike and President-elect Bola Tinubu.
The former senator added that the alliance between the two political leaders makes it exceedingly challenging for him to pursue the election petition.
He added that the petition withdrawal will provide solace to his supporters who endured harassment and intimidation prior to, during, and after the election.
Abe said, “As I stated earlier, it is not all about the resources. There are multiple contributing factors.
“First of all, I do not wish to discuss on national television how much it will cost us to successfully prosecute an election petition against the government of the state of Rivers. To emphasise, this was not the reason for our withdrawal.
“When we began the battle, we were prepared to confront the Rivers state government and PDP.
“Now, the Rivers state government is in an alliance with our mentor, father, and this alliance with G5 is influencing the dynamics of what occurs in River state.
“If we are confident in our ability to defeat all of them, we can convince our citizens to sell their homes and businesses in order to prosecute the case.”