Chibuike Amaechi

2019: I did not nominate Cole for Rivers governor-Amaechi


Chibuike  Amaechi, the Minister of Transportation, has denied nominating anybody as the governorship aspirant for the 2019 governorship election on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Both conventional and social media were awash weekend with the reports attributed Amechi, former governor of Rivers State, that he preferred the choice of Tonye Dele Cole, an architect and owner of Sahara Oil Company, as the right person for the race.

Chris Finebone, Publicity Secretary of Amaechi’s faction of APC, referred to the report as an ‘erroneous impression’ being promoted in the media based on ignorance and/or mischief that Amechi, had ‘appointed’ Cole as the party’s governorship candidate in the 2019 election.

Finebone said that such report was “grossly preposterous and far from the truth as there is no provision for the appointing of a governorship candidate, or indeed any candidate whatsoever in the constitution of the APC or in the guideline for the conduct of primaries of the APC.

“We wish to reiterate that APC in Rivers State is committed strictly to adhering to the process for conduct of primaries for the 2019 elections in line with the constitution of the party and guidelines as proposed, ratified and published by the national leadership of the party.

“For the avoidance of doubt, it is hereby stated for the benefit of the media, our members and the general public that a governorship candidate for our party in Rivers State will only emerge during the governorship primary to be held later this month.

“We urge all stakeholders to disregard the misconception being created and promoted in the media. Our party leader, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, has not and will not arrogate to himself the extra constitutional powers to appoint a candidate for the party for any position whatsoever and howsoever as being wrongly peddled.”

He said that Amaechi had the “God-given right to express his preference just like each and every one of us have the inalienable right to privately and publicly express our preference on any issues,” adding that the party would adhere strictly a transparent, free and fair primary.


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