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Rivers APC Laments Tinubu’s appointment of PDP members

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The Governorship Candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State, Tonye Cole, has disclosed that the state chapter of the APC was shocked that President Bola Tinubu appointed former Governor Nyesom Wike and members of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) into his cabinet.

Cole disclosed this when he led a delegation of Rivers APC chieftains on a courtesy visit to see the Chairman of the National working Committee, Abdulliah Ganduje, at the national headquarters of the party in Abuja on Tuesday.

Cole lamented that loyal supporters of the APC were not given any appointments or compensated for their campaign efforts.

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He, however, reassured Ganduje that the aggrieved party members were ready for reconciliation provided the president compensated them with key positions in his administration.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Cole expressed regret over the substantial loss of party members and assets due to post-election political unrest in the state.

“We can only urge the President and leader of our great party to do more for God’s glory and the APC’s good. This includes appointing our sons and daughters to key positions and other forms of empowerment of our members to cater for our faithful supporters who despite the human and material losses they have encountered remain longstanding in faith with the APC,” he said.

He expressed deep concern over the violence and ambushes they faced, highlighting that their party’s candidates couldn’t access INEC materials to file petitions after the February 25 and March 18, 2023 elections.

He lamented that the APC withdrew support for its candidates when they needed it most, deviating from the typical behaviour of major Nigerian political parties.

“The scale of violence and all sorts of ambushes we suffered were scary, but they didn’t stop us. Not only were our gubernatorial flag bearer and other candidates not allowed to get materials from INEC to file their petitions at the Tribunals after the elections on February 25 and March 18, 2023, our party also withdrew as a petitioner soon after we completed the filing process. That has never happened in the history of Nigeria’s major political parties. The party that sponsored our candidates pulled the rug beneath their feet when the party was needed the most,” Cole said.

“If the event described above shocked us a little, what happened next was card-carrying PDP members of Rivers State got appointments in our APC Federal Government left us completely confused and very upset. Those being rewarded are PDP members who spent huge State resources trying to destroy APC in Rivers State since 2013 and failed, primarily because these loyal APC members here resisted them fiercely.”

“Your Excellency would be shocked that as we address you in this meeting, the Rivers State Chapter of the APC has no representation at any level of governance in our country. There isn’t a single Rivers APC member appointed at any level of the Federal, State or Local Government.”

While welcoming the delegation, Ganduje reassured them that the ruling party would look into their request and pass the same to the president for urgent consideration.

Ganduje noted that compensation in politics is an important factor that could not be ignored, especially in the process of reconciliation.

“I believe we have taken the right way to rebuild APC in Rivers State; the party that we know its history. So, we assure you the founding members of APC in the state. We know how much you suffer. We cannot allow your suffering to wither away like that. We will do our best to protect you. Compensation in politics is very important. We are taking this up for consideration. And I assure you. We have your leadership. The gubernatorial candidate is here. The party chairman and other caliber of members are also here,” he noted.

“But I think with this your determination to rebuild the party, we urged you to create an even environment to keep your doors open so that those who left the party, no matter how big they are in another party where they went for sabbatical leave, can come back to their original base.”

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