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Why Rivers cannot consider Fubara a political leader – Magnus Abe

May 7, 2024 | Politics | 0 comments

Former federal lawmaker in Rivers State, Senator Magnus Abe, has outlined why the state governor, Siminalayi Fubara, cannot be regarded as a leader in the state, emphasizing that leadership entails more than just governing.

During an interview on TVC’s Politics Night, Abe, the former governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in the 2023 elections, highlighted the distinction between being a governor and being a political leader.

He explained, “Being a governor has made him the leader of the government of Rivers State. But when you say political leader, that is something that you have to work to earn.”

Abe underscored the importance of trust in leadership and suggested that Fubara needs to cultivate trust, followership, and support to be considered a political leader in the broader context.

While acknowledging Fubara’s role as the governor of Rivers State, Abe emphasized that becoming a political leader requires time, effort, and the ability to bring people together and earn their trust.

He noted, “As a governor, you have the opportunity to get there, but I don’t think it is conferred.”

Drawing a parallel, Abe referenced Aminu Kano’s era, where Kano emerged as the political leader of the state despite not holding the governorship position at the time.

Regarding the feud between Fubara and the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike, Abe mentioned that he had reconciled with Wike after the 2023 elections, signaling an end to their prolonged political dispute.

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