Having lost in the governorship primaries under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State, Prince Tonye Princewill has now emerged for the race by clinching the Labour Party ticket.
Princewill along with twelve other contestants for PDP’s governorship ticket in the state were first screened out but later participated in the primary after the national body of the party nullified the screening exercise.
He however dumped the PDP to pitch tent with the Labour Party following his loss at the primary which saw Ezebunwo Nyesom Wike, former Minister of State for Education, emerging as the flag bearer of the PDP for the 2015 governorship election in Rivers State.
In a statement to announce his new position, Princewill wrote; “After extensive consultation on the next steps to follow, I and my team have decided that we no longer have a future in the PDP and that win or lose, going forward, we will now be building our future here in the Labour party. Just as we refused to return to APC having since left its parent organisation in 2010, our departure from PDP is also final. It was not an easy decision to make, I made many friends there and I still have a lot of respect for many men and women within the party, just as I do within the APC, but this is not the reason I entered politics. I came to change the politics, not to maintain the status quo or make friends. I no longer feel I have enough allies or a willing platform to achieve this goal and so I must move on. The struggle continues.”
He commended the Labour Party and its national leadership for giving him a warm welcome, adding that the party has a democratic ideology, detailed manifesto and policies that correspond with his, thus he fills more at home in the new party.
The Labour Party governorship aspirant however urged other aggrieved aspirants of the PDP and the All Progressives Congress (APC) who have their people’s interests above their own, potential aspirants who never thought politics would give them a chance as well as other opinion leaders to join the Labour Party in order to contribute to the installation of good governance in the state.
“The Bible says, “When the righteous rule, the people will rejoice.” I make bold to say, the right people have arrived. Stop wasting your time on politics as usual, and come and rejoice. Rivers state needs choice, not imposition. We choose to be free,” he concluded.