A group in the Rivers State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), known as Legacy Group, has turned its back on the party’s governorship candidate, Tony Patrick-Cole and settled for the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Siminialayi Fubara.
Addressing journalists in Port Harcourt Friday, the leader of the group, Hon. Lasbry Amadi, said the decision was to reciprocate Gov. Nyesom Wike’s gesture in swinging the February 25 presidential elections in favour of APC.
According to Amadi, Wike’s effort played a crucial role in the emergence of Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu as the winner of the February 25 presidential election.
He said it was natural that the group reciprocated the gesture and ensured that the chances of APC winning the governorship election in Rivers were curtailed in favour of Wike’s candidate.
His statement reads: “Ladies and gentlemen of the press, I heartily welcome you to this very important and timely press briefing.
“As you all are aware, the Governorship and House of Assembly Elections are scheduled to hold nationwide this Saturday, March 18, 2023, including in Rivers State.
“As you are also aware, during the first round of elections that featured the presidential contests, those of us here voted for our party presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmad Tinubu. Similarly, we, the legacy group in the All Progressives Congress Rivers State, commend the Governor of Rivers State, His Excellency Nyeson Ezenwo Wike, for his stance on power returning to the southern rule, which is in line with the aspirations of our founding fathers.
“We acknowledge the support of the Governor, his supporters and the good people of Rivers State without whom the Party (APC) would have, once again, lost the presidential elections in the State as was the case in the previous elections.
“In view of the above, therefore, we, the legacy group of the All Progressive Congress, Rivers State, hereby, without any form of hesitation, endorse and adopt the PDP Candidate as the preferred choice of the Governorship of Rivers State.
The All Progressive Congress being a party of justice and fairness, the PDP is most appropriate wherein power should rotate to the Rivers southeast Senatorial zone, the only zone yet to produce the Governor of our dear State.
Finally, we call on our members within the 23 LGA to support the PDP Governorship Candidate massively as payback thanks to His Excellency Nyeson Ezenwo Wike for his huge contributions and sacrifices for the huge success of our APC Presidential candidate.