Magnus Abe, a former senator representing the Southeast Rivers, has advised Governor Siminalayi Fubara to extend Christmas benefits to everyone and not just members of the People's Democratic Party (PDP).
According to a report by Punch, Fubara was said to have given 100 bags of rice of his own brand to every ward in the state, while his predecessor, Nyesom Wike gave 2,000 bags of rice to every local government area of Rivers State.
Some of the groups that have benefited so far include members of political parties, youth groups, market unions, non-indigenous people, landowners' associations and others.
Commenting on issues raised during the food sharing, Abe, who recently defected from the Social Democratic Party (SDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC), advised Fubara not to limit his generosity to members of the PDP only.
Abe criticized the sharing process while speaking on a popular radio station, Super 93.3 FM, Port Harcourt.
He said: “Let me criticize Governor Siminalayi Funara. He sent rice; that rice should go beyond the PDP. It should not only apply to PDP. Give PDP, give APC, give SDP and give everyone.”
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One of the notices on the sharing by an association of landlords in the outskirts of Port Harcourt, obtained by the aforementioned publication, reads: “Greetings. We share the rice that Governor Sim Fubara gave the Ibos as Christmas palliative @ Tama Galaxy Event Center Rumuodara, East-West Road, at the Overcomers Bus Stop.