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Princewill will 'never' contest Rivers governorship poll again

20 April 2016, 07:24Emeka Okonkwo

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 emerge,”

he added.

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 his emergence.

Also read: #RiversRerun: Wike faults allegations of political killings

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 deadly skirmishes.

“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


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