Rivers State Labour Party gubernatorial candidate in the last general elections, Prince Tonye Princewill has broken his long silence, saying he never approached the Rivers State election tribunal sitting at Abuja to challenge the victory of Barr Nyesom Wike.
Not much has been heard of Princewill after the elections in Rivers State.
In a statement made available to newsmen in Port Harcourt yesterday, the LP chieftain said he was against the idea of petitioning the tribunal.
“A lot has happened in the last few months, but what stands paramount is that Nigeria is still one, and there is still hope. I decided to take a short vacation from politics and focus on my business.
“On issues affecting my state, Rivers, I still boldly stand to say the April elections were the worst in our history; but by our constitution, Gov Nyesom Wike was sworn-in, thanks to INEC; he is therefore the governor and has a constitutional duty to govern the state till further notice.
“He needs the support and prayers of all to achieve that. I refused to approach the tribunal for many reasons, some which I made public. But one major reason was the fact that men of God I respect told me not to; and when I prayed about it, my mind was at peace; it still is.
“The independence and maturity of the governorship tribunal is quite impressive and encouraging, but I did not approach them; my party did after trying to suspend me for advising them against it.
“Surprisingly, they did not contest the senatorial elections or the House of Representatives or any of the state House of Assembly elections; just mine. Even when I said no; I hear they lost. Maybe someone sponsored them. So even if rumours cooked up by mischief makers state that my case was recently struck out, the majority that follow and understand my activities know that I have no business with the Rivers State election petitions tribunal. It was not my case.
“Truth be told, the annulment of the elections in Rivers State would not surprise me; but what will be the outcome of a re-election? My stand is with the people of Rivers State,” he said.
He used the opportunity to advise President Muhammadu Buhari to focus on bringing the needed development in the country, saying it was too early to give his administration a scorecard.
“I must say that I am yet to see a reason to pat President Buhari on the back, but I also haven’t seen a reason to crucify him either. For a government to move ahead, criticism can be effective but distractions can be destructive,” he stated.

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