Okafor Ofiebor/Port Harcourt
The Director-Basic of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Security Company (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside, has expressed the optimism that the governorship and different candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State will be on the ballot in the 2019 basic election.
Talking with journalists on arrival at the Port Harcourt Worldwide Airport, Omagwa, Port Harcourt, Saturday, Dr. Dakuku Peterside stated that the problem the APC in the state is experiencing is momentary and will quickly be a factor of the previous.
“I’m very assured that APC governorship and different candidates will be on the 2019 election ballot. I do know that the judiciary is a vital element of the political course of. You’ll be able to’t speak about politics with out speaking about the judiciary or the position of the judiciary. So, my confidence is that finally this difficulty will be resolved, APC candidates will be on the ballot and run the election. And Rivers individuals will have choices and I do know that they will select the candidates of the APC above the different political social gathering.
“You recognize that the different political get together has disillusioned Rivers individuals on all fronts. What they’ve executed in the previous three and half years is that they’ve made increasingly individuals lose confidence in the establishment of presidency of Rivers State. They’ve embarked on outright lies, concocted tales and half-truths and Rivers individuals are certainly uninterested in the mess. The individuals can’t wait to eliminate the present authorities in the state and APC supplies them that various. However sadly, we’re going via our personal challenges.
“Let me benefit from this chance to attraction to all members of the APC to stay calm, assured, loyal and hold trusting the Almighty God. That the finish of this tortuous journey will come and it will be to God’s glory. All hope isn’t misplaced; certainly no hope is misplaced. One factor I’m fairly positive of is that at the finish of the tunnel there’s mild and it will be to God’s personal glory.
“We now have embarked on collection of engagements to get all sides of the celebration, to get totally different pursuits in the social gathering to know that it’s in our collective curiosity to work collectively. It’s in our curiosity to pursue the path of peace, unity and, in fact, working for the widespread function. You can’t have a staff in case you are not working for a standard function. When you have individuals working at cross functions you’ll be able to by no means obtain outcomes. That makes you a workforce and we’re a workforce of patriotic and progressive residents of Rivers State who need the greatest for our state as towards our opponents in the different social gathering who’re self-serving and often pursuing their very own slender opportunistic pursuits. That’s the place we’re.
“It is not true that the Honourable Minister is responsible for the crisis in our party. I don’t believe that this is the time for blame game. A lot of things happened and blame game will not help us in any way. Even as a leader of the party, it is wrong for me to join in the blame game,” Dr. Peterside declared.
(See full textual content of the interview under)
As the Deputy Chief of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State, are you snug with what is occurring in the celebration now, particularly the removing by the Unbiased Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) of names of candidates of APC in Rivers State on the listing of candidates that will vie throughout the February 16 and March 2 common elections?
Politics is a course of, it isn’t an occasion. It includes quite a few actions and often there will be an end result. What goes on in the Rivers State APC is unlucky, however it’s a part of the political evolution course of. I’m pained that it even occurred in the first place, however I do know that it isn’t the finish in itself.
What has occurred in Rivers APC is a few type of short-term setback. I’m optimistic that APC’s candidates will be on the ballot. I’m very, very optimistic. I do know that the judiciary is a vital element of the political course of. You can’t speak about politics, with out speaking about the judiciary and the roles of the judiciary, however my confidence is that finally, this concern will be resolved and APC’s candidates will be on the ballot, they will run the elections and Rivers individuals will have choices. They will select the candidates of APC above the different political events.
The opposite political get together (Peoples Democratic Get together) has disillusioned Rivers individuals on all fronts. What the get together (PDP) has accomplished in the previous three years and a few months is to make increasingly more individuals lose confidence in the establishment of presidency of Rivers State. They’ve embarked on outright lies, concocted tales and half truths. Rivers individuals are certainly uninterested in the mess. They can’t wait to eliminate the present authorities of Nyesom Wike. APC offers Rivers individuals the various, however sadly, we’re going by means of our personal challenges.
Let me reap the benefits of this chance to plead with all members of APC to stay calm, assured, loyal and maintain trusting the Almighty God. The top of this tortuous journey will come and it will be to God’s glory. All hope just isn’t misplaced. Certainly, no hope is misplaced. One factor I’m fairly positive of is that at the finish of the tunnel, there’s mild and it will be to God’s personal glory.
We now have embarked on collection of engagements to get all the sides of the social gathering and to get totally different pursuits in the celebration to know that it’s in our personal curiosity to work collectively, that it’s in our personal curiosity to pursue the path of peace, unity and naturally working for a standard objective. You can’t have a staff, in case you are not working for a standard function. In case you have individuals working collectively at cross functions, they will by no means obtain outcome.
The one option to obtain result’s whenever you work in the direction of a standard objective. That really makes you a group. We’re a staff of patriotic and progressive residents of Rivers State, who need the greatest curiosity of Rivers State, as towards our opponents in the different celebration (PDP), who’re self-serving and often pursuing their very own slender opportunistic pursuits.
You’re very near Transportation Minister, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, a former Governor of Rivers State, who’s the chief of APC in Rivers State and the South-South zone, however some members of your celebration in Rivers State are accusing him of being answerable for the disaster and that he ought to be blamed for the confusion. What’s your response?
It isn’t true that the Hon. Minister is chargeable for the disaster. I don’t consider that that is the time for blame recreation. Loads of issues occurred and blame recreation will not assist us in any approach. So, whilst the chief of the get together, it’s mistaken for me to hitch in the blame recreation.
Relying on the place you’re standing, individuals accuse totally different people of being accountable. Some individuals would say some individuals are over formidable outright and that due to their ambition, we’re the place we’re. Some stated some individuals have been raw of their language. Some accused the younger individuals in the celebration of not dealing with their feelings with maturity.
Individuals have proper to carry their opinions. You can’t maintain it towards anyone for holding an opinion. One factor that each one of us have constructed consensus round and we’re unanimous about is that there’s a time for warfare and there’s a time for peace. That is the time to ceasefire, interact with each other and to permit the widespread curiosity to prevail, over our slender parochial curiosity.
No man’s ambition ought to be superior to the collective curiosity of the get together (APC) and Rivers individuals. Not mine, not anyone’s personal. No one’s curiosity ought to be superior to the curiosity of the collective.
So, I don’t consider in the blame recreation. I don’t help it. I will not embark on it. Somewhat, it’s for all of us start to interact with individuals. Allow them to see purpose why we should all come to the desk and agree on the greatest method ahead and certainly work out a means ahead, in order that we will go and take over Authorities Home, Port Harcourt from Might 29, 2019 and start to vary the narratives in Rivers State.
Considered one of the governorship aspirants on the platform of APC in Rivers State, Senator Magnus Abe, who represents Rivers South-East Senatorial District, earlier said that for peace to reign in Rivers APC, the governorship candidate of the celebration, Pastor Tonye Cole, should step down for him. Will the choice truly guarantee peace in the get together, contemplating the undeniable fact that Rivers APC doesn’t have candidates for the forthcoming basic elections?
It isn’t true. I’ve had trigger to interact with Senator Magnus Ngei Abe and he couldn’t have taken that place. I can say it on good authority that his minimal situation can’t be that Tonye Cole ought to step down for him to turn into the governorship candidate of APC in Rivers State. He has by no means stated so. He realises the want for all of us to work collectively and I consider that cause will prevail at the applicable time.
Are there plans to settle out of courtroom?
All choices are on the desk. There’s nothing anyone can rule out. What issues to all of us is the victory of APC in the elections and no matter must be accomplished and no matter ought to be finished will be achieved, to make sure that all of us function on the similar frequency, to ship the social gathering (APC) in the elections.
Nationwide Meeting (Senate and Home of Representatives) elections are 4 weeks away, whereas the state’s elections are six weeks away. That isn’t a variety of time in politics. It’s truly time to consolidate and get the buying-in of the individuals of Rivers State, get their help, coast residence to victory and sing the victory music for the good of the individuals of Rivers State.
Would members of Rivers APC have achieved issues in another way to get totally different outcome from the present state of affairs?
In all instances, there’s all the time room to do issues in another way, even for the better of the greatest. There isn’t a case the place you’ve got just one method of attaining outcome. So, it’s potential that issues might have been accomplished in a different way and we might have gotten totally different end result, however I don’t assume that’s the challenge now. We’ve got gone previous that stage.
The difficulty is that there’s essential want for all of us to return collectively to work in the direction of a standard function. There’s the want for all of us to put apart our totally different pursuits and the totally different weights that to date oppress us.
I need to reassure members of APC and certainly all Rivers those that the APC will be on the ballot, there’s want for all of us to be calm, there’s want for all of us to work collectively and there’s want for us to stay assured of the judicial course of, that it will end up for our good, finally. Most significantly, beneath all of that is the want for unity and the want for us to work as a workforce. Nobody individual can do it alone.
Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, accused Transportation Minister (Amaechi) of being behind the trial of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, with the intention to take away him for not supporting the APC and its candidates. Is it true?
Nothing can be extra spurious, laughable and infantile than that assertion by the governor of Rivers State. I’m not stunned in any respect, as a result of the governor is understood to advertise lies as fact, he has additionally acquired the standing of a pathological liar. Wike is a person who concocts tales, distorts details and presents half-truths as the fact.
On this particular occasion, there isn’t any iota of fact in it. Rt. Hon. Amaechi has completely no hand in the matter. He isn’t a judicial officer, he isn’t an intelligence officer and he doesn’t work for any of the intelligence businesses. I can’t perceive the connection between the work of the intelligence businesses, the anti-graft businesses and the judiciary. There’s completely no iota of fact in it.
Wike claimed that transportation minister had dialog with anyone that he (Amaechi) was behind the CJN’s travails. There isn’t a fact in it. It’s the trademark of Rivers governor to concoct tales. Rivers individuals and different Nigerians know Wike for who he’s. So, I don’t consider that anyone will take him significantly.
As alleged by Governor Wike, is it actually true that members and leaders of APC in Rivers State have Plan-B of working with the governorship candidate of Accord Get together, Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs, who till about three months in the past was a governorship aspirant on the platform of APC, in case you aren’t profitable with the courtroom instances?
Wike shouldn’t be a member of APC. Wike isn’t a member of our political household and he can’t be a member of our political household. When Rivers governor embarks on these sort of wild lies and baseless allegations, they ridicule him. There isn’t any fact in having Plan-B or working with Dumo Lulu-Briggs.
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