Two APC governorship candidates emerges in Rivers State.
The struggle for supremacy and control of the All Progressive Congress (APC) structure in Rivers State played out during the party primaries as Senator Magnus Abe emerges as the APC candidates from Prince Odike faction while Tonye Cole also emerges the APC governorship candidates from Ojukaye Flag Amachree faction.
The two primaries held simultaneously, while a former Lawmaker, Sam Eligwe declared Senator Abe as the party flag bearer on one side, Lawan Isa also declared Tonye Cole as the party flag bearer on the other side.
A governorship candidate of the Ojukaye Flag Amachree faction, Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs whose faction gave birth to Tonye Cole candidacy had earlier appealed to the National leadership of the party to postpone the primaries.
According to him, the arrangement for the primaries falls short of the minimum standards stipulated by the Electoral Act and APC constitution, he noted that a former governor of the State and the Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi had hijacked the process to favour the eventual winner Tonye Cole
“When the NWC reached the decision that indirect primaries be adopted for the governorship primary in Rivers, as a loyal party man, I accepted the decision in good faith despite the fact that there are pending litigations in various courts, which might vitiate and truncate the process.” Lulu-Briggs noted
“I thus ramped up my campaign, but soon discovered that our party structures from the state executive committee, local government and ward excos across the state have been directed by Rotimi Amaechi, leader of our party in the state, not to allow me access to our party faithful and delegates, but to only support the aspiration of his preferred aspirant, Tonye Cole.
“It is clear from the foregoing that the minimum standards to guarantee a free and fair primary today (Sunday) are nonexistent and any primary held today will be a mere sham and a perfidious travesty.
“To this end, I, Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs, most graciously appeal to the National Chairman of our great party and the NWC to, as a matter of utmost urgency, postpone the governorship primary for Rivers State so as to correct the anomalies herein complained of because the current arrangement falls short of the minimum standards stipulated by the Electoral Act and our party constitution.” he added