‘Sit up, Wike not a pushover in politics’, APC Chieftain warns Tonye Cole

By Chris Ezeonoh, Port Harcourt

Former National Publicity Secretary of the defunct New People’s Democratic Party (PDP), and a chieftain of the All Progressive Congress, (APC) in Rivers State, Chief Eze Chukwumeka Eze has called on the governorship candidate of APC in Rivers State, Arch. Tonye Cole to sit down and reflect on his style of politics with a view to making necessary amendments in order to achieve success in 2023 election.

Recall that elders of APC in the state recently adopted Cole who was the governorship candidate of APC in 2019 as the consensus governorship candidate of the party in next year’s election.

Eze pointed out that the call became necessary because Governor Nyesom Wike is a strong politician no one should take for granted in any political contest despite his “shortcomings” in governance.

“The party (APC) is dealing with a deadly and crude political strategist. It is only when the APC gets her acts together that the party can teach Wike and the PDP some serious political lessons as he retires from politics come 2023”, Eze further maintained.

Eze who made the observations in a statement in Port Harcourt on Tuesday regretted the current bad blood being generated by the choice of Cole among some party members and aspirants and appealed to all to submit to the supremacy of the party and wisdom of the elders who chose Cole among other governorship aspirants.

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“I was elated when key Rivers APC Gubernatorial candidates resolved to come together through a memorandum to support whoever amongst them that would emerge as a consensus candidate of the party, to wrestle powerful Wike.

The party Chief said all the 13 gubernatorial aspirants were eminently qualified to represent the party in the 2023 gubernatorial race but reminded everyone that not all 13 can represent the party at the same time.

The elders and leaders having decided on Tonye Cole, Eze said, party faithful and loyalists ought to team up and ensure that the party succeeds, noting that the interest of the party must rank topmost in all individual considerations.

“I accept and agree with some school of thought that Tonye Cole is not an ideal politician by keeping off from most of our political activities and welfare of members, I wish to plead and urge each one of us to sheath our swords and team up with him to salvage Rivers State before it is too late. Besides, I am convinced that Tonye Cole being a successful entrepreneur and international one in that matter will bring his wealth of wisdom in this regard to turn around the fortunes of the State positively so let us give him a chance to serve the State.

“I sympathize with Dr Dakuku Peterside who has stood fiercely behind the party all these years fighting and taking a lot of troubles on our behalf and appeal to him to be calm and retrace any step that may be interpreted as an anti-party activity because the future is greater than where we are at the moment.”

“Our major goal as party faithful is to ensure that we get back the Brick House and occupy the Aso Rock and when that happens, we all will be tired of appointments. So, why fight over little or inconsequential issues while we are capable of having better opportunities by tomorrow”.

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