“The All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for governor of Rivers, Tonye Cole, has promised to pursue justice in the state’s governorship race, disregarding the agreement between Governor Nyesom Wike and President-elect Bola Tinubu.
According to Mr. Cole, the two party leaders’ pact was primarily made to guarantee that the APC would win the Rivers presidential election. And the APC should permit Mr. Wike to take whatever actions are necessary at the state level to elect his candidate for governor.
This was expressed by Mr. Cole on Wednesday during his appearance on the Morning Show programme of Arise TV. The agreement between Wike and the incoming president is well known.”That agreement basically said that the APC would receive the presidency. And APC ought to support Wike in whatever actions he takes to support his governorship candidate.
Siminalayi Fubara of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was proclaimed the victor of the most recent Rivers gubernatorial election by INEC. Mr. Fubara, Mr. Wike’s “anointed” candidate, received 302,614 votes, defeating Mr. Cole’s 95,274 votes.
Since then, the APC leader has rejected the election results and sought the electoral authority, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), to annul the vote, claiming that the vote was marred by violence and that the outcome did not represent the preferences and will of the state’s citizens.
Despite having a positive connection with the president-elect that he described as “beyond cordial,” Mr. Cole claimed that he is not interested in the deal that Mr. Tinubu and Mr. Wike reached.
He continued by saying that he is open to dialogue with Rivers State’s other political parties, as well as with members of the opposition SDP and the PDP’s disgruntled members, and “with everyone who understands that Rivers State must be extricated from the mess that has been created.” “And supposing that transaction was successful. The key factor is that governor Wike underestimated how difficult it would be for that arrangement to succeed given the politics of Rivers State.