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Tonye Cole: His assassination attempt and what happens next – Princewill

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…..Calls on the international community, particularly the US, UK and EU ambassadors to buckle up

A frontline Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress in Rivers State Prince Tonye Princewill has condemned in strongest of terms the recent alleged assassination attempt on the party’s governorship candidate for the 2019 poll – Architect Tony Cole.

Mr. Princewill in a statement signed and circulated to journalists called on security to be extremely active in discharge of their constitutional responsibilities.

The statement reads: I want to thank all those who reached out to our candidate with messages of sympathy and support after witnessing the act of sheer desperation the other day by our opponents during his visit to Degema LGA. It should be of no surprise to anyone to know that Tonye Cole is not only still active and well, but even more determined to push forward until sanity is restored to our politics again. He is neither bowed nor subdued, but is rather emboldened by his faith and his purpose. He’s here to win. And by God’s grace, he will.

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I want to use this opportunity to first call on the security agencies who are responsible for keeping the peace, to set an example that such acts will never go unpunished. It is the absence of consequence that provides the climate for this type of lawlessness.

 

While Castro said “it is unlawful to be lawful in a lawless society”, Tonye maintains that “an eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind”. Many of us were not with APC immediately after 2015, when being a member of APC was an invitation to write your will. We won’t accept that. We expect this set of security chiefs to mirror their successes elsewhere. The Niger Delta is the wealth of the nation and Rivers state is the treasure base. It must be secure.

 

Secondly, let me remind the international community, particularly the US, UK and EU ambassadors that previous attempts at halting violence did not work because none of your governments had any teeth. Known candidates engaged in known violence and nothing came out of it. No travel bans, no targeted sanctions and no withdrawal of support. I was there. Every step of the way. It’s that impotence that provides a cover for no consequence. The result is a recurring cycle of violence. If we want to stop getting what we are getting, you have to stop doing what you’ve been doing. Friends should tell each other the truth.

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While we appreciate a lot of the good work both you and the security agencies are doing, it is clearly not enough in Rivers state and the cost of failure is too high. It’s measured in people’s lives. Condolences, shuttle diplomacy and speeches are simply not going to be enough.

 Signed

Prince Tonye T.J.T Princewill

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Supreme Court Affirms Gaduje’s Election

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The election of Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has been affirmed by the Supreme Court.
The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Abba Kabir Yusuf, had filed an appeal at the apex court to dispute the March 24 supplementary election held in some electoral wards in Kano State.
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Why PDP’s Nationwide Protest Will Fail-Timi Frank

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Former All Progressive Congress (APC), Deputy National spokesperson, Timi Frank has rubbished a planned nationwide protest by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), to protest the Supreme Court ruling that sacked former Imo governor, Emeka Ihedioha.

Frank revealed that the action by the opposition party is doomed to fail, adding that it should have happened a long time ago but has now lost significance.

Accusing the PDP governors who indulge in anti-party activities of weakening the opposition party, Frank accused them of secretly seeking goodies from the ruling party.

According to Frank, PDP’s move was too little, too late because the party failed to protest when it mattered most such as when for Chief Justice of Nigeria Walter Onnoghen was removed from office and Supreme Court ruled against the opposition’s candidate Atiku Abubakar in the 2019 presidential election appeal.

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Frank submitted that PDP’s planned protest is medicine after death, beliving that PDP should have held the nationwide protest a long time ago. “Such action at this time will only fail, ” he said.

To Frank, the opposition party is also bedevilled by anti-party activities among its top executives such as governors.

Apart from Rivers and Benue governors Nyesom Wike and Samuel Ortom, the outspoken Bayelsa-born politician accused PDP governors of lobbying the presidency for goodies despite being in opposition. He also faulted the Abia state governor Okezie Ikpeazu, who is currently on a trip with President Muhammadu Buhari to London, for making such a move at a time his party needed him the most at home for protest against the Ihedioha ruling.

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He accused about 14 of the current PDP governors of working against the party’s interests.

“Apart from the governor of Rivers state Nyesom Wike and sometimes, the Benue state governor Samuel Ortom, other PDP governors are PDP by the day and APC by night; they fraternize with the APC thereby rendering PDP incapacitated and unable to function properly and cannot play the role of effective opposition.”

 

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Ihedioha Launches Attack On Imo State Governor, Uzodinma

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Yet to accept his sack as the Governor of Imo State, Emeka Ihedioha has launched an assault on his successor, Governor Hope Uzodinma.

In a meeting with members of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at his Abuja residence on Saturday, January 18, Ihedioha stated that he pities those celebrating his loss at the Supreme Court.

According to him, such people celebrating his downfall were not good students of democracy.

The sacked Governor of Imo State also disclosed that he is waiting for answers. He said;

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“The elections in Imo were closely monitored, well advertised and everybody in Nigeria followed it through. The results were very clear, the electoral umpire still has the results.

“It is not about Emeka Ihedioha. It is not about Imo State. It is about the future of our country and democracy. It’s about what do we do tomorrow. .. I am calm and we are calm, and that is why you see in Imo, there is calmness.

“The calmness is coming out of shock, it is coming of disbelief. It is coming out of the fact that people are saying, let us still see, can this be possible? We are waiting for answers and I believe there will be answers.

“This is not the time to celebrate. I pity anyone who is celebrating that sad event. If anyone is celebrating, that person is not a student of democracy.”

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