Abuja - Labour Party member, Tonye
Princewill, said he would never contest the Rivers State governorship poll.
In an interview, Princewill, one of candidates for the
post in the poll characterised by deadly violence, decried an allegedly skewed
system spurred by desperation and a lack of appreciation by the electorate.
“No,” Pincewill responded when asked if he would ever be
available for election.
“Even if the people want me, the system either does not
want me, or refuses to put in place basic fundamentals for people like me to
He said twice now, he had put everything on the line for
his state with little or no support from people he said would benefit most from
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In 2007, he lost the election under contested circumstances
to the People's Democratic Party's (PDP) candidate, Celestine Omehia.
The PDP would return to haunt him in 2015 in the form
eventual winner, Nyesom Wike, who controversially won a poll characterised by
“How many times will I run for the same position at such
a high price?
There is a very fine line between determination and
desperation and I will not cross it.”
Despite ruling himself out from future polls, Princewill,
a businessman, has retained his commitment to empower youth.
“If youth empowerment is truly my passion, I
will find other ways to execute it and other people to support to be governor
of Rivers State. Let me make it clear though, I will not quit politics or my
supporters, but I am not desperate to be governor.”
- CAJ News