Former governorship candidate in Rivers State, Tonye Princewill, has resigned his membership of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Princewill gave the party’s decision on a Muslim-Muslim ticket for the presidential election in 2023 as his reason for dumping the APC.
APC presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, a Muslim had picked former Governor of Borno State, Senator Kashim Shettima, another Muslim as his running mate.
Reacting to the party’s decision Princewill, an ally to the former Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, in a statement Thursday said remaining in the party means he agrees with APC.
The philanthropist and filmmaker who contested the governorship position in the state under the Labour Party in 2015 addressed his resignation letter to the Chairman of the APC in his ward, Tahhed Royal Ward in Buguma, Asar Toru Local Government Area, dated July 12, 2022.
“I can’t argue for equity in my state and defend inequity in my country.
“While I appreciate my leader Rt Hon Rotimi Amaechi and all his efforts, I cannot defend the decision of my party, in fielding a Muslim Muslim ticket, especially at a time like this, against all protestations from well-meaning Nigerians, across religious and political divides.
“It sets a very wrong precedent, it is insensitive and even if you win, will prove bad for good governance. Under these dire circumstances, I find no justification to remain, in good conscience, a member of a political party that subordinates electoral victory, over the safety of lives and the peace of mind of its citizens.
“The men and women of our party here in Rivers are the most loyal and faithful supporters I have met. They know right and they know wrong. And they know me. I enjoyed working with them and I’m so sad to leave. But an APC party that disregards the basics of the same equity we preach, is alien to me.
“Buhari resisted the same temptation and chose a little-known Osinbajo and won. By doing this, Tinubu is saying that a Northern Christian has no electoral value. My staying means I agree,” he wrote.