Abe not Rivers APC guber candidate, Cole campaign team insists
The Campaign Organisation of Tonye Cole has reacted to a newspaper publication, which referred to Senator Magnus Abe as the All Progressives Congress (APC) gubernatorial candidate in Rivers State.
A statement issued by Chief Ogbonna Nwuke, the Spokesman of the campaign team, said: “For the avoidance of doubt, the APC candidate in Rivers State is Tonye Cole. It is no longer a matter of speculation. In full public glare, Tonye Cole was presented with the APC flag in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State. It is possible that the erroneous impression contained in the report of The Punch newspaper may have been as a result of the printer’s devil.
“While we hope that the newspaper would take steps to correct the error, we urge all Nigerians, Rivers people inclusive, to take note that APC has spoken clearly. Tonye Cole is the party’s preferred candidate. Nothing can change that.
“What is critical for us is to do things right and our candidate, Tonye Cole is doing everything in his power to build a strong foundation for meaningful cooperation, enduring unity and understanding within the party.
“We are focused on the task ahead. We want to assure all and sundry that we are determined to bring the benefits of democracy to our people. By the grace of God, we shall not be distracted.”
But in a recent development, the two APC governorship candidates, Tonye Cole and Senator Magnus Abe have hinted of a possible resolution of the crisis plaguing the party.
Abe, who is in court seeking to be declared the APC gubernatorial candidate, having emerged winner of the parallel direct primaries conducted last August, said: “We will do our best to ensure that APC is victorious in Rivers State. Let me also use this opportunity to appeal to our party members in Rivers State to remain calm and committed and continue to work for the party’s success.
“All challenges within the APC in Rivers State will be resolved and by God’s grace, the party will emerge victorious in the state not only in the Presidential election, but also in all other elections that are to take place in Rivers State.”
Ogbonna Nwuke said the official presentation of the flag to Cole should urge every member to sheath their swords.
He said: “It is our view that it is time for all who belong to our great party to close ranks. As members of APC, we are bound by a common affinity. We must demonstrate that party cohesion is much more paramount than our individual interests. We believe there is more that can unite rather than separate us.”
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