January 4, 2019

Cole, PDP trade words over Wike’s re-election

, Tonye Cole

Tonye Cole

By Egufe Yafugborhi

PORT HARCOURT —  All Progressives Congress, APC, governorship candidate in Rivers State, Mr Tonye Cole, has said the incumbent Governor Nyesom Wike does not merit a second term over perceived failed security in the state under his watch.

Tonye Cole

Cole made the disclosure in a statement, yesterday, by Chief Ogbonna Nwuke, spokesman for Tonye Cole Campaign Organisation, TCCO.

Reacting, however, Rivers State Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Campaign Council said the factional governorship candidate of the APC,  in the state, Cole, was a political neophyte and lacks the requisite public service experience and exposure to govern a multi-ethnic and complex state like Rivers.

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The state PDP Campaign Council’s Director of Information and Communications, Mr Emma Okah, in a statement in Port Harcourt, yesterday, said only enemies of the state will prescribe a pupil to a teacher in a contest that requires tact, maturity and expertise to excel.

TCCO said: “Wike has no moral right to approach the Rivers people for a second tenure. Rivers people gave him a chance to serve them in 2015. Rather than keep the people safe, heads of persons are being gruesomely cut off and properties being destroyed.

“Unlike Wike, Cole understands the need to create an appropriate environment for investments and understands the place of bereaucrats and technocrats who work in the state civil service.

“Cole knows the greatest task of any responsible government is to protect lives and property. Rivers people should ignore Wike’s appeal for a second tenure and vote APC.”

On his part, Okah  said: “Ordinarily, the PDP would not have bothered to campaign in Rivers State if Cole is the APC candidate but the joy of a free and fair contest is the lesson the loser learns. It teaches him that a child cannot be older than his father,” noting that Cole should have started campaigning since 2011 if he truly means to battle a political collosus like Governor Wike.

“Those who love Rivers State can never prefer an unrepentant Lagosian,  who does not know the cultural and political terrain of his ethnic nationality let alone the state to aspire to govern Rivers State.

“Suggesting that Cole should govern Rivers State at this time is to set the state 10 years behind as he would spend so much time learning the ropes, names of the various towns and communities that make up his Kingdom, learn to speak his native language, names of the various LGAs and headquarters, names of key members of his party, names of VIPs in the state etc.

“Rivers people do not want selfish and greedy merchants who would buy off valued state assets at cheap prices but will vote for a man they know and have been seeing. The man who has been council chairman, state Campaign Coordinator, Super Minister, a Bencher and sitting governor.

“Governor Wike made promises to develop the state during the 2015 campaigns and three years down the road, he has fulfilled his promises, wining multiple awards and even doing more for Rivers people.”