By Anayo Onukwugha, Port Harcourt
Former governorship aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State, Prince Tonye Princewill, has declared that the March 18, 2023 Governorship and House of Assembly election in the state is about individual candidates and not political parties.
This is as he called on the people of the state to vote for the APC governorship candidate, Tonye Cole, who he described as “one who knows how to create jobs for our youths”.
Princewill, in a statement made available to LEADERSHIP in Port Harcourt yesterday, also called on the people of the state to hold him responsible should Cole fail to perform if elected as governor of the state.
He said: “I have been quiet for a while, dealing with my own personal issues and focusing on my business. I did not want to bother you, especially at this time. Let us get past the election, and then by His grace, we can all get back to normal; and resume our usual conversations.
“For those of you who know, you know that an election cannot come and go, without a word from me. My job is to advise you on what I feel is the best path for you and I to take. What you do with it, is out of my hands.
“Let me repeat what I have said at several fora, this particular election is not about party, It is about the candidates. Even your INEC doesn’t see parties. It’s about money.
“Today the leadership might have helped APC. Tomorrow the same leadership will help PDP. The common factor between today and tomorrow remains Money.
“Those who joined forces to abuse APC are the same people who have done the unthinkable for the same APC, To protect their interest, not to protect yours. So let’s put party to one side.
“Next Saturday we are not voting for party, we are voting for candidates, And there are only two candidates when it comes to means and methods. Sim Fubara and the rest.
“Sim is old school politics. No time to campaign. No time to debate. If it has been difficult to see and hear him before the election , then you should consider yourself lucky to see or hear him after the election.
“Since Sim Fubara is not your candidate, we all have to unite behind just one of the others to face him, not to scatter our votes everywhere. Playing politics is wisdom, not emotion.
“My choice is Tonye Cole. He is the one who knows how to create jobs for our youths. Have no fear. He will not disappoint you. If he disappoints you, then hold me, Prince Tonye T.J.T. Princewill responsible. This man I can vouch for. We can not keep doing the same thing and expect different results. This time we must vote and wait for our votes to count until they are announced.”