Tension In Rivers State APC As Party Leadership Elect Pastor Tonye Cole To Run For Governor 2023.
As many of you would have learnt, that the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Rivers State met over the weekend to deliberate about the most respected and choice of Rivers youth which the party therefore find comfort and satisfaction by adopting the best out of the very best in person of Pastor Tonye Cole as the party consensus candidate for the 2023 Gubernatorial election.
It is worth of note to know that this party decision did not come lightly but was heavily deliberated before coming to conclusion. However, due to some emergence that occurred sometime in 2019 election in Rivers State which the party did not participate at poll because of the issues and quest for power, therefore, lesson has been learnt from past event which many claimed that the primary was erroneously labelled as an act of imposition on the party by the leader, Rt Honorable Chibuike Ameachi
In order to avoid any form of deprivation, rumors and controversies this time around, all party faithful were asked to indicate their interest in various elective positions, including the post of Governor to avoid injustice thereby, promoting fairness, equity and justice in accordance with the rules and regulations guiding the party. After a wide consultation with stakeholders, an agreement was reached which include formation of a committee where the leader of the party cannot critically analyze each aspirant and therefore cannot arrive at a consensus candidate or lay emphasis on a candidate that best suit the party and achieve the goal and objectives of the party come 2023 election in Rivers State including other positions ranging from the State House of Assembly, to the senate, House of Representatives as well as the Governor. To achieve the above mentioned positions and purpose of the party.
For the sake of unity and progress, all aspirant were invited to a meeting where key party elders and leaders of various Wards, Local-Government and Unit heads including the party chairman Chief Emeka Beke.
The sole aim and purpose of the meeting was to arrive at a consensus candidates with good reputation, smart, intelligent and goal oriented personality. Those present in attendance includes Sen. Andrew Unchendu, Chief Sam Sam Jaja, Chief Victor Giadom,the Vice-chairman South-South. others includes Amb oji Ngofa, Amb Maureen Tamuno, Aleruchi Cookey-Gam, Hon onari Brown, Hon. George Tolofari and too Numerous to mention
It may also interest you to know that the Honorable Minister of transportation. Chibuike Ameachi categorically started that the committee which was fully formed has the liberty to arrive at any aspirant they deemed best suitable for the job and he could abide by their decision and recommendation. All aspirants affirmed to abide with the agreement and signed declaration to stand by any candidate that wins the highest recommendation by the party as well as endorsement. The stakeholders also mandated the leader of the party Rt, Hon Chibuike Ameachi to depart from the party’s groups including other various houses until a decision is made to avoid sentiment and ethnicity. This meeting lasted about two and half hours on the bid and process where stakeholders were deliberating on a verdict.
At the end of the committee and joined stakeholders meeting, Pastor Tonye Cole was ask to lead and run for governor under the umbrella of the All Progressive Congress (APC), following the unbiased assessment that ended with the consensus candidate, the party said that they are not in any doubt that it took tremendous bravery for them to make this decision in the face of all party faithful especially all those imminently qualified for other seat against the 2023 election. The party also thank each and every one for their cooperation, commitment and partners?
Pastor Tonye Cole also expresses gratitude to all party stakeholders including party faithful for finding it worthy and fit to choose a person of his kind to run for the office of the governor under the party. Pastor Cole uses this medium to assure the party that the incredible burden laid upon his shoulder will help unite the party and reassure everyone, especially the other aspirants and those aggrieved by this decision to accept an join force with him and other elected officers to work assiduously for an all-inclusive party.
Tonye Cole evaluate the work ahead which he describes as immense but path way to victory which is much clearer today that it was yesterday. He said, we must therefore agree to stand as one body and work together to deliver APC in the fourth-coming election in order to give our dear Rivers State a new lease of life through purposeful and progressive governance that will bring about social cohesion and economic prosperity.