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APC Governorship Aspirants Meets to Reach a Common Front

By Dandy Loveday

by True Blue Reporters

There are strong indications that aspirants seeking for Governorship election on the platform of the All Progressives Congress are meeting to reach a common front, a meeting for a possible consensus within themselves.b

Photos of their meeting obtained by our reporters on Monday with no special tag on whether they have agreed on a way forward or not indicated a large attendance. However, it is also an indication of unity among APC aspirants which many prays individual ambitions should not tear apart.

True Blue Reporters can confirm that non of the perceived aspirants have publicly declared intention to run for the office of the governor of Rivers State, rather may have been consulting inwardly with party chieftains to make their intentions known.

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Those who attended the meeting are; Tonye Cole, Dawari George, Dakuku Peterside, Michael West, Awara B., Ojukaye Flag Amachree, Tonye Princewill, Sekonte Davies, others.

It is still not clear whom the preferred aspirant of the Honourable Minister of Transportation may become as at the time of filing this report. Rather the Minister is requesting that the aspirants should meet, agree on a common front amongst them since everyone cannot be governor same time and get back to him as they have agreed.

True Blue Reporters can authoritatively confirm that non of those seeking for the Governorship ticket under the APC in Rivers State is completely sure of the Minister’s anointing, as everyone keep hoping to be or not to be, with the hope of a possible party primaries too.

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Read Communique at the end of the meeting below:

A COMMUNIQUE RELEASED BY THE RIVERS STATE APC 2023 GOVERNORSHIP ASPIRANTS.

This communique is a fallout of consultations and interactions amongst the All Progressives Congress (APC) Governorship Aspirsnts for the 2023 Gubernatorial election in Rivers State which includes:

1. The Progressive Aspirants commend the party leadership on the peaceful and successful hosting of the party’s national convention and congratulate all those elected into National Working Committee.

2. The Progressive Aspirants agreed that all Aspirants should go about their consultations in a peaceful and civil manner; avoiding name calling, insults and pulling down other Aspirants to gain attention. Aspirants also agreed to caution their supporters and social aides from attacking aspirants from opposing camps.

3. The Progressive Aspirants also agreed to work in unity and support whoever emerges at the party primaries either by way of concensus or election as exemplified by the party leadership at the just concluded National convention.

4. The Progressive Aspirants called on the party leadership to ensure a level playing field for all Aspirants during the primaries to give everyone a sense of belonging, fairness and equity.

5. As a way of respecting the party supremacy, the aspirants resolved that immediately a candidate emerges, all aspirants will put self and ego aside and collapse their various campaign structures into the party structure to support the flag to win the 2023 elections for APC in Rivers State.

6. The Progressive Aspirants Forum call on Rivers people and residents to get their PVCs ready to vote for all APC candidates at all levels to emerge victorious in the 2023 elections.

7. The Progressive Aspirants agreed to consult stakeholders, elder statesmen, opinion leaders and key politicians in the state to support power rotation to the Riverine-Ijaw come 2023asa way of ensuring equity, justice and fairness in the distribution of political offices.

8. The Progressive Aspirants also affirmed their unalloyed loyalty to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency, Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, and our leader, the Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, and commend him for his courage to declare his interest to run for the office of President in the 2023 elections.

9. The Progressive Aspirants Forum also commend the state leadership of the party led by Chief Emeka Beke, for keeping the party in the state together and also leading delegates to a successful convention.

Finally, the forum calls on all genuine members of the APC in Rivers State to seek reconciliation, forgiveness, close ranks and work with the leadership of the party in the state to ensure the party wins the governorship seat and other legislative offices both at the state and national level come 2023.

The meeting was attended by:
1. Hon. Dr. Sokonte Davies
2. Dr. Dakuku Adol Peterside
3. Dr. Dawari I. George
4. Architect Tonye Cole
5. Prince Tonye T.J.T. Princewill
6. Engr. Biokpomabo Awara
7. Chief (Rev.) Francis Ebenezer Ada
8. Hon. Mina Tende
9. Hon. Ojukaye Flag Amachree
10. Hon. Ibinabo Michael West.

Tonye Cole was the candidate of the APC in 2019 election before the court ruling that denied Rivers APC participation in the election. He is now seeking to contest

Dawari George was a member of the National Assembly amongst other positions held in the past and he’s now seeking to be governor of Rivers State in 2023.

Dakuku Peterside was a member of the national assembly and the Governorship candidate of the APC in 2015. He lost to the incumbent governor, Nyesom Wike. He is seeking for the party’s ticket.

Awara B. Was the Governorship candidate of AAC in 2019 and he lost to the incumbent governor Nyesom Wike. He later joined the APC and is seeking for the party’s ticket.

Tonye Princewill is also seeking for the party’s ticket to contest for the 2023 Governorship election.

Ojukaye Flag Amachree, the former chairman of APC in Rivers State is now seeking for the party’s ticket

Michael West, a former commissioner in Rivers State who later joined the APC is also seeking for the party’s ticket.

Sekonte Davies, a former NPA Boss is also seeking for the party’s ticket. And others

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