Omeiza Ajayi, Abuja

Ahead of the forthcoming governorship primary of the All Progressives Congress APC and the 2023 general election in the country, a leading aspirant of the party in Rivers State, Prince Tonye T.J.T Princewill, has begun consultations with party leaders on the prospects of his intention to vie for governorship ticket of the party.

The son of the monarch of the Kalabari kingdom met with party leaders in both Port Harcourt and Obio Akpor Local Government Areas in a series of closed door meetings aimed at returning the state to the APC fold. The two local governments represent almost half of the voting strength of the state, a fact not lost on the Prince’s strategy team.

After the meetings, Princewill who addressed journalists on the purpose of his visit said he was meeting with leaders to listen to feedback from key stakeholders on his intention and plans for the APC and Rivers state.

“This whistle stop tour is designed for me to consult, before a declaration is made. You can’t put the cart before the horse. I needed to sit and look into the eyes of leaders and have them look into mine, so we can tell each other the truth. A declaration that comes after this kind of a process, will stand the test of time. We have discussed all issues under the sun, from internal issues within the LGA, my father the King, how we will build a formidable front for our 2023, the leader Rotimi Amaechi, our commitment to his Presidency and of course, my ambition. I am encouraged on all fronts. They have all spoken very very well.”

In a related development, Princewill also met with the chairmen of the nineteen wards in Khana Local Government Area of the state. Khana is the largest local government in Rivers state and the heart of the Ogoni Kingdom. The meeting which is part of a communication strategy of deriving information on the state of the party and her members at the grassroots, was described as both “frank and fruitful”. They urged him to contest for the position of Governor and told him that his love for the Ogonis, shown over the years was about to be rewarded.

The businessman and philanthropist used the opportunity to thank all the ward chairmen for keeping faith with the party and for remaining resolute in their support and loyalty to the leader of the party in the state and the south south, the Minister of Transportation, Hon. Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi, the Dan Amana of Daura Emirate, noting that the future is very bright for the party and her members in the state.

The visit to all the key stakeholders continues every day for the next few weeks, but will be moved to Abuja to accommodate the timing for the national convention, said Princewill.

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