Thursday, April 4, 2019 5:14 pm
…Spontaneous celebrations on the streets of Port Harcourt
…Man begins trek from Ahoada to Port Harcourt to celebrate Governor Wike’s victory
Okafor Ofiebor/Port Harcourt
Prince Tonye Princewill, a two-time governorship candidate in Rivers, has described the governorship election held in the state on March 9 which led to re-election of Governor Nyesom Wike as the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC declared on Wednesday as the most shamelessly rigged in the state since 2007.
He spoke as celebrations spread across the lengths and breadths of Rivers state over the re-election of Wike.
Princewill who is the Director of Strategic Communications in the Tonye Cole/Giadom Campaign Organisation, who stated this on Thursday, in a short statement in his reaction to the May 9 election result declared yesterday in Port Harcourt, recounted how, in the elections in 2007 and 2015, in which he ran as candidate, respectively, figures declared as votes cast were merely allocated to candidates irrespective of how voters made their choices.
He, however, said that when compared with what happened in 2007 and 2015, the 2019 abuse of the result for the governorship election in Rivers stands as a “blatant one.”
Princewill, who is son of Amanyanabo of Kalabari kingdom, Prof. Theophilous J. T. Princewill, said that the level of impunity displayed by INEC, and other alleged collaborators, has motivated him to join in seeking justice for Rivers people.
“I have been the victim of written results on three occasions in my political life. First in 2007 when I ran for Governor, second in 2015, when I ran again and the third time is now, when I didn’t even run. Compared to the others, this blatant one has simply motivated me. None of us will rest on this one, not until justice is done.”
Princewill vowed that justice would be done to Rivers people even as he accused some “collaborators” of murdering sleep.
“My message to you is “Fiat justitia ruat caelum (Let justice be done though the heavens fall”) and I say it in Latin so the people who took their time to disenfranchise us can also take their time to remember it, especially those in INEC. You have just murdered sleep and asked us to go to hell. We have heard you. You too will hear from us soon.”
Meanwhile, some streets of Port Harcourt and other parts of the state are still agog with celebrations of Governor Wike’s reelection.
One Precious Umasoye Macforex, a diehard supporter Governor Wike, is trekking from Ahoada to Port Harcourt to celebrate Governor Wike’s victory.
The last photos of his tracking showed that Macforex just passed Elele, Rumuekpe and Ndele Communities along East West Road and he is heading towards Emohua Council Secretariat.
At time of filing in this report, his friends on the Social Media were commending his efforts.
Some even promised to buy him refreshing drinks as he trekked pass them.
It was not clear if Government House, Port Harcourt will be his terminal point.