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Rivers rivals urged to shed differences

04 March 2016, 20:30Emeka Okonkwo

Abuja - Tonye Princewill, a losing candidate in the Rivers State governorship poll, has called on rival party leaders and supporters in the region to embrace peace and forgiveness in order to end deadly violence.

Princewill, the Labour Party member, called on every politician and supporter to put the interests of the Rivers State ahead of their respective interests.

“Having observed the recent killings, the unrest and the state of insecurity in the state and with the forthcoming rerun elections in mind, I'd like to address both my supporters and the supporters of the candidates in other political parties, especially the youths,” Princewill said.

He spoke against the attitude by parties to win election at all costs.

“This is not do or die. Nobody wants to associate with soul killers.

Living by the sword only invites the sword into your life. Think deeply.

Shun all forms of violence.  Even verbal, carry go will still return back to us. Power is transient and it rests with God, so please find peace,” he said.

Princewill spoke amid an escalation of violence in the oil rich state that is among the most restive in the country.

Also read: APC denies plot to rig Rivers rerun elections

A controversial election held in 2015, an upcoming poll re-run and the clashes between the army and some criminals have been the source of deadly violence.

Princewill noted such tensions have hindered development in the region.

“Now that I am back, I will seek to build consensus where we can agree, between parties and among the political class. Wike, Dakuku, myself,” said Princewill.

This was in reference to People’s Democratic Party’s Nyesom Wike, the governor, and another losing candidate, Dakuku Peterside of the All Progressives Congress.

“The challenging environment that we are faced with, impacts all of us. We need a multi party approach to our problems and all hands will need to be on deck to achieve solutions. Wike is Governor for all. Not just PDP. He needs to avoid responding to every APC comment, avoid the pettiness of politics and focus on governance,” said Wike.

“Besides, this is not the time for division; it is the time to unite.

Granted there is a rerun election on the way, but it will soon come and go. By His grace, we will still be here. Let us think beyond just elections.” 

- CAJ News


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