‘I showed them pepper but they won’~Wike

The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has admitted that only God has the authority to give power, because despite all he did to National Assembly members from the All Progressives Congress, APC, by showing them ‘pepper’, God still gave them victory.

Wike, who made a surprise appearance at the event tagged the victory thanksgiving, which Abe held with six other lawmakers of the APC, over the weekend, said: “It is important for all of us to know that it is only God that gives power.

“When I wanted to be governor, APC members did a lot of things against me but I became governor.

“So also, when Abe and others wanted to go to the National Assembly, I showed them pepper but they won. It means that was how God wanted it.”

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The APC lawmakers were Barry Mpigi (Eleme/Tai/Oyigbi); Maurice Pronen (Khana/Gokana) and Chidi Wihioka( Emohua/Ikwerre) constituencies in the House of Representatives.

Others were members representing Eleme, Khana 2 and Tai constituencies in the Rivers House of Assembly, Josiah Olu, Friday Nkeeh and Mathew Dike respectively.

Some of the state and federal lawmakers of the APC loyal to Amaechi were not part of the thanksgiving and reception by Abe and his allies.

But chairman of Rivers APC Chief Davies Ikanya flew in directly from the United States of America (USA) to attend the event.

On his part, Magnus Abe, stated that  he had no apologies for inviting Wike, saying Amaechi was also invited but opted to be in Bori-Ogoni, for a rally. 

While the Senate President Bukola Saraki, stated that he had great respect for Abe, calling for unity within the party in APC.

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He said: “Abe is a good, loyal, courageous and humble man. We will continue to support you. APC members in Rivers State should embrace peace and reconciliation.”

Rochas Okorocha (Imo), former Kano State Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso ,  Minister of State for Agriculture, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, former Governor of Bayelsa State, Chief Timipre Sylva, who chaired the reception; Senate Leader, Senator Ahmed Lawan and former Minister of Culture and Tourism, Tonye Graham-Douglas, were some of the prominent political figures that attended the event.


Wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, Hajia Aisha, who was represented by the Director-General of the National Centre for Women Development, Abuja, Mrs. Mary Ekpere-Eta, described Abe as visionary, dynamic, a role model and a source of inspiration.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, who was represented by the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Senator Ita Enang, noted that he was pleased with the massive turnout of Abe’s supporters, an indication that he truly represents his people

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