- Tonye Princewill has left the Labour Party under which he contested in the Rivers state gubernatorial election
- He defected to the All Progressives Congress after weighing his options
- He said he chose the APC as it was a better choice than the PDP
Tonye Princewill who was the Labour Party gubernatorial candidate in Rivers state during the 2015 general elections has defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Daily Post reports that the ex-gubernatorial candidate in Rivers revealed that he decided to join the APC so that his people can feel positive change.
In a statement on Friday, June 2, Princewill said he weighed the options of joining either the APC or the Peoples Democratic Party but settled for the APC eventually.
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He said: “PDP, especially in Rivers state, is for the old school, analog, very well seasoned politicians who have been in charge in one form or the other since 1999. Their top is too heavy.
“After my recent resignation from the Labour Party, the path has been made clear for me to chart a new course for me and those who respect the politics that I preach. I have come to realize that no party is perfect and only we as Nigerians can solve our own problems.
“So instead of waiting for our people to wake up, we have to work with those we can see. I have been critical of both parties but in my search for alternatives, it is clear to me now, that Nigerians are the same as our politicians. All parties reflect us, the very subtle difference is in he who leads and the ideology they preach.
“In the choice between a Buhari or Osibanjo and a Fayose or Wike, my choice remains the duo of the APC every single day. But all politics is local and the affairs in my state need to be foremost in my mind too. Here the choice is between the leadership of Wike and that of Amaechi.
“Again, my choice is Amaechi without hesitation. The past two years has allowed the dust settle and given the chance for governance to take hold. Compared to the first two years Amaechi was in office, I see a different mood in Rivers state.
“Like an umbrella. Nothing comes down and since there is no vacancy at the top, there is no chance for young, fresh faces to grow. I don’t belong there and neither do you. Wike is trying his best in some areas, but the Governor’s best is clearly not good enough. If his few projects executed could feed the people and genuinely reduce the high rate of youth unemployment, it would have been better. My recent tour of the state has revealed that many of those who were angry with Amaechi in 2015, have cut their noses to spite their faces.
“There is nothing new about Nyesom E. Wike. It’s old wine in an old bottle forced on you to drink because of your anger with Amaechi. If I can reconcile with Amaechi, so can you. Now we have a chance to build a party of patriots. Come and help us. We need you.
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“Wike is doing the best he can. He and his team are simply not built for governance. They lack the capacity. You do not expect a mango tree to produce oranges. We have had a good 18 years of different kind of projects. What we need in Rivers state now is Mr. Jobs.”
“As I have repeatedly said, I am no longer running for the position of governor of Rivers state, but would be rededicating my time and my energy to ensuring youth involvement in politics from within the APC, where I feel I can make more impact. In 2007, I and Amaechi were fighting for the same position so when we decided to work together, we did so as partners. Now it is different."
Meanwhile, a PDP chieftain chided members of the party from across the country defecting to the APC.
Ali Kano who spoke to Daily Trust on the issue, described the defectors as cowards who are leaving the party in order to curry favours.
Kano, a member of the 2015 PDP presidential campaign council, however, predicted that history will beckon on them.
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