My emergence as Rivers APC ‘consensus candidate’ is unbiased, says Cole

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Princewill declares his support, says politics could be brutal

Rivers State All Progressives Congress (APC) gubernatorial hopeful Tonye Cole has said his emergence as a consensus candidate for the 2023 election is unbiased and rather sobering.

Cole, in a statement yesterday in Port Harcourt, explained that the decision was not made lightly but was much debated and that many lessons were learned from his emergence as a flag-bearer in 2019, which he says was wrongly labeled as an imposition of the party leader, Rotimi Amaechi.

In reaction to Cole’s emergence, one of the candidates, who wanted to fly the party flag, Tonye Princewill, said that he had to swallow his ambition as he was a signatory to a pact whereby the candidates would support whoever was the party’s candidate.

According to him, the agreement forces him to live up to the rules of the game by supporting Cole. Princewill said: “The decision has now been made for him to fly the flag. The minister did not succeed; the party leaders succeeded. The 10 hopefuls, plus two new names who had also indicated interest, were politely asked to apologize, while the 13 leaders present, minus the minister, sat and deliberated.

“They called us together with the minister a few hours later, so that they could give us their decision. While we do not go into the details of the parameters for his decision, we respect his judgment and wisdom in reaching it. Politics is a process, it can be brutal, but it is what it is, as long as we are what we are.

He exhorted his followers to remain steadfast and determined, assuring that God’s will would be perfected. Of his appearance, Cole said: “The 12 hopefuls were invited to a meeting on Friday April 22, where 19 elders and key party leaders, including party chairman Chief Emeka Beke, were tasked with coming up with a candidate. consensus for the party.

Others present included Senator Andrew Uchendu, Chief Sam Jaja, Chief Victor Giadom, Oji Ngofa, Maureen Tamuno, Aleruchi Cookey-Gam, Onari Brown, George Tolofari to name a few. The Minister stated categorically that the committee was completely free to come up with any applicant he deemed most suitable and that he would comply with his recommendation.

“I want to use this medium to thank the committee for an unbiased evaluation that ended up presenting me as the consensus candidate. I have no doubt that it took great courage for them to make this decision in the face of great pressure, especially as my co-applicants are all eminently qualified for the job. I want to thank all the applicants for their magnanimous attitude and their commitment to support and loyalty to the party.”

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