A former governorship candidate in Rivers State and the Director of Tonye Cole Campaign Organization, Prince Tonye Princewill has accused the Governor of the state, Nyesom Wike, of having engineered the last minute postponement of the presidential and National Assembly elections.
Princewill said this while reacting to the postponement of the elections nationwide, adding that he stood by the statements earlier made by Festus Keyamo, SAN, and Garba Shehu, who had earlier accused the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, of having forced the postponement.
The APC chieftain also alleged an unholy alliance of INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, Wike and the PDP.
He said that the delay “showed the whole world that injustice to one, is a delay for us all,” adding that “they have offended God.”
In a press statement on Monday, Princewill said that if APC Rivers state continued to be treated with disdain, the election wiould still not hold.
He said. “Even though the postponement of the elections did not come to me as a total surprise, I was still expecting the INEC Chairman to stubbornly push on and try to force through the elections regardless. I still see disaster come Saturday.
“Unless we’re on the ballot, the election won’t be smooth anywhere. The God of Rivers state wants justice and He will get it. We have not even had so much as an explanation from INEC.”
He expressed shock that the INEC Chairman who was once a subordinate to Wike, when the Governor was supervising Minister of Education under Jonathan, saying that as boss of quite a major parastatal, he may have skeletons in his TETFUND closet that Wike can expose.
He added, “I had continued to maintain that Wike had since penetrated the judiciary, our security agencies and civil society with our money. Now it appears that the electoral umpire too is no longer immune to the Wike virus too. All dealing with him, do need to be made aware, your temporary high will eventually be replaced by very permanent lows.
“I’ve seen people vomiting ill-gotten wealth to then return it to the treasury. I’ve seen men and women lose their jobs for Wike. It’s not a very pleasant sight. We have two appeal court orders and one Supreme Court judgment in our favour. But if you listen to the Wike paid media, you will think that we lost. Money talks.
“Wike only has one strategy. Pay for the courts. Pay for the noise. Pay for violence. Pay pay pay. If only he had applied this to staff salaries, pensions and our scholars who are abroad, maybe the race would have been tighter.
“As it is now, even PDP want to get rid of him, if only Tonye Cole’s name and the names of all our other candidates are on the ballot. Wike knows this. This is why he will do anything to prevent it. It’s an exercise in futility for him. We will overcome.” Princewill finally declared.