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Princewill breaks silence on Rivers upheavals

01 April 2016, 17:22

Abuja - Tonye Princewill, the losing candidate in the disputed Rivers State governorship poll, has bemoaned the escalating crisis in Rivers State, expressing solidarity with the majority of residents bearing the brunt.

Princewill, who contested the gubernatorial election on a Labour Party ticket, ran for office against Nyesom Wike, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate and Dakuku Peterside of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Ahead one of the most unmemorable political contests held in the country since the advent of democracy, more than 100 supporters, with the APC alleging the majority were theirs, were killed.

Wike emerged the winner in an election that not only was beset by violence but was marred by allegations of vote rigging.

Princewill finished third.

Also read: 32 killed in pre-election violence in Rivers State

A year later, tensions still characterise the state in the wake of a chaotic re-run election whose preparations also saw violence prominently feature.

Princewill, who has maintained a low political profile since the gubernatorial poll, has broken his silence suggesting while the current upheavals are of concern, they do not match the crisis sparked by the governorship election.

“Those who say this election was bad, have no clue as to what the 2015 election was like,” he said on Friday.

He criticised the way the rival political parties had conducted themselves as well as the Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC’s) handling of polls.

“If politicians have no alternative to politics, then their politics will remain do or die. Especially when death has no consequence on earth and God forgives freely while Nigerians forgive freer,” he said.

“INEC is now a referee that can't even issue red cards.”

Princewill called for calm from members of the public, urging them to retain hope.

“My advice to my people is - do all you can to remain peaceful. God is not sleeping and every cloud has a silver lining. Justice is not far away,” said Princewill.

“The war between Wike and (former Governor Rotimi) Amaechi is almost over.

Mark my words. And the winner will be Rivers State.”


- CAJ News


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