By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
The emergence of billionaire business mogul, Archt. Tonye Cole, as the governorship flag-bearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in next elections in Rivers state has been described as beginning of the process of liberation of the state from misrule.
A frontline chieftain of the party in the state, Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, who disclosed this in a statement issued and circulated to the media in Port Harcourt on Tuesday, noted that the nomination of a god-fearing, passionate and patriotic Rivers man like Cole is all that the APC needs to kick-start the process of delivering the state from the crippling grips of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and Governor Nyesom Wike administration of waste and misrule.
He noted that Senator Magnus Abe’s conduct over the weekend, when he allegedly connived with PDP elements to organise a parallel primary, against the directives of the National Secretariat of the party, affirmed the allegations against him that the Senator had been working all along to sabotage the fortunes of the APC in Rivers state.
Eze maintained that the emergence of Tonye Cole simply demonstrates the interest of the leadership and members of APC to rescue Rivers state from the verge of collapse, maladministration, gradual and steady crippling of our educational and agricultural sectors, uncommon massive looting of the common patrimony of the State with impunity and most importantly unraveling the untapped potentials of the State.
“At this period of our history when Wike’s government is only interested in using Rivers State funds to reviving a dead political party instead of investing in our youths and future of the State, the need of a calibre of person in the stature of Pastor Tonye Cole coming to our rescue need not be overemphasised. The fact remains that he is the most potent answer to Governor Nyesom Wike’s misrule of the state”, he said.
He further noted that though Cole is a broadminded and god-fearing person, who is known for treating all persons as equals, irrespective of gender, age, class, religion or ethnicity, his nomination as the governorship candidate of the party and his eventual victory at the polls next March will be addressing the perceived injustice done to the riverine segment of the state, which had not had a shot at ruling the state since the advent of the current democratic dispensation.
He also added that Cole’s stepping down from Sahara Group as Chief Executive Officer, to enable him participate actively in the Rivers state’s governorship race is a positive step towards sacking the Wike administration.
“It is gladdening to note that with the resolve of APC to field a riverine candidate of Ijaw extraction, particularly from the great Kalabari Kingdom, the injustice of upland governing Rivers state for twenty years to the detriment of the riverine area would have been addressed.
“The resolve of the party to elect a candidate like Arch Tonye Cole, whose intimidating credentials are something that will aid the party in her efforts and mission to change the fortunes of Rivers state positively, is commendable. This internationally acclaimed billionaire and son of a former Managing Director of Daily Times Newspaper and former Ambassador of Nigeria to Brazil, Pa Patrick Dele Cole, will actually send shivers down the spine of Governor Nyesom Wike and his handlers.
Eze congratulated Dr Dawari George who came second during the APC gubernatorial Primaries for demonstrating that he is a true leader whose loyalty to the party is not in doubt. I therefore pleads with Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs not to allow the enemies of Rivers State to misguide him and assist the party to salvage the State from the shackles of PDP evil administration.
Eze commended his good friend Barr Worgu Boms erstwhile Attorney General of Rivers State during the Administration of Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi and the current Director General of Abe’s Campaign Organization for his boldness during today’s Channels TV Sunrise Daily where he asserted the illegality of Abe’s Parallel Primaries by refusing to vote for Abe knowing very well that the exercise was a sham, charade and exercise in futility. Abe’s Director General further affirmed during the Channels TV programme that both the APC National leadership and INEC didn’t send officials to monitor Abe’s kangaroo and fraudulent exercise thereby succeeding to waste billions of Naira of Rivers State funds that Governor Wike pumped into this useless and reckless venture aimed at destroying APC.
Speaking further about the illegal parallel primary, allegedly organised and conducted by Senator Magnus Abe, Eze said “Senator Abe by hiring PDP elements to aid him to organise an illegal parallel primaries, against the directive of the National Working Committee of the party, vindicated and justified my position that Abe is not interested in having a united and virile APC but is out to do anything to weaken and if possible collapse the party structure in Rivers State just to pave way for Governor Wike to continue with his maladministration of the State till 2023 when they promised to hand-over power to him.
“Now that Senator Abe has made his intentions public, it will be futile and unfair if the leadership of the party fails to do the needful and save the party from desperate elements like Abe”, he said.
Eze, however, urged all Rivers state’s sons and daughters to unite behind Cole so that “collectively we can move the state forward”