2019: Rivers APC candidates will be on the ballot — Peterside
• Efforts To Reconcile Warring Factions On Course
The Director General of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside, has expressed optimism that governorship and other candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State will be on the ballot in the 2019 general elections.
Speaking to journalists on arrival at the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa, Port Harcourt, yesterday, Dr. Dakuku Peterside said the challenge APC in the state is experiencing is temporary and would soon be a thing of the past.
Meanwhile, efforts to reconcile warring factions of the party have has been intensified.
Peterside, who gave hint of the reconciliatory moves, also denied the insinuation that they want to form an alliance with the Accord Party.
“We have embarked on series of engagements to get all sides of the party, to get different interests to understand that it is in our collective interest to work together. It is in our interest to pursue the path of peace, unity and, of course, working for the common purpose.
“I am very confident that APC governorship and other candidates will be on the 2019 election ballot. I know that the judiciary is an important component of the political process. You can’t talk about politics without the judiciary or the role of the judiciary. So, my confidence is that ultimately, this issue will be resolved, APC candidates will be on the ballot and run the election. And Rivers people will have options and I know that they will choose the APC candidates above the other political party.
“You know that the other political party has disappointed Rivers people on all fronts. What they have done in the past three and half years is that they have made more and more people lose confidence in the institution of government of Rivers State. They have embarked on outright lies, concocted stories and half-truths and Rivers people are, indeed, tired of the mess. The people cannot wait to get rid of the current government and APC provides them that alternative. But unfortunately, we are going through our own challenges.