Princewill Sues For Understanding Of Nigerians, As Atiku Abubakar Gets Endorsement
Former Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, on April 6th 2010 in a meeting held at the Protea Hotel Abuja, has ultimately left his intention to reunite with his first political love, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the hands of political friends and contemporaries.
Having been mandated at the tail end of last month to visit different political regions, with a view to polling and sampling the views of cross section of stakeholders and friends of the Turaki of Adamawa State, with regards to his potential move to PDP which has generated mixed comments in the media, Alh. Atiku's supporters, loyalists, friends as well as stakeholders have unanimously approved his defection to PDP.
A press statement from the Rivers State Chapter of Action Congress has it that, “Considering the hue and cries that have accompanied reports of his planned move in the media, the decision in support of his movement to PDP by his associates and stakeholders alike, was unanimous coming at the heels of a historical motion moved by Chief Titi Ajanaku, onetime Special Adviser on Women Affairs to the former President of Nigeria, General Olusegun Obasanjoand supported by Chief Ejiofor Onyie from Delta State, urging members to support the movement of Atiku Abubakar to PDP based on the positive reports and feedback from the various Zones polled”.
To this end, representatives from the various geopolitical zones have been directed to write the Ag. President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan and copies of the letter made available to PDP's Chairman, Prince Vincent Ogbulafor, as Prince Tonye Princewill and Chief Peter Okocha played signatories to the document.
Other parts of the press release stated thus: “The impact of this development on the Rivers State AC and its Leader, Prince Tonye Princewill who has led the Rivers State AC to its laudable position as a formidable player in the strategic partnership with the incumbent PDP in Rivers State need not be overemphasized. It is noteworthy to point out that in the cause of deliberations, interactions and consultations on Atiku's move held with Prince Tonye Princewill, majority of the members gave their full support for any plan that would include the absorption of the RSAC into the PDP.This notwithstanding the Leader of the Rivers State AC, Princewill speaking at the end of the event, insisted that as much as he and members have given their unflinching support to Atiku Abubakar so far, he will still continue in consultation with members of his chapter in regard to his status in the unfolding polity. He also appealed to all Nigerians to trust and give Atiku Abubakar all the necessary support required to turn around the fortunes of the PDP which at the end will hopefully put our nation on the right path to greatness and a make her a worthy example to other democratic nations. He further stated it took a lot to convince Atiku Abubakar to take this step for the interest of Nigerians and our unfolding democratic development and now that he has accepted, I sincerely appeal to all Nigerians to assist and encourage him to turn around the fortunes of PDP for the greatness of our country and generations coming behind us”.
Prince Tonye Princewill, who is seen in the Niger/Delta as the face of organized opposition, being the Leader of Rivers State AC and the Forum of Organized Opposition Political Parties (FOOPP), made up of 46 political parties, has in a short while proved his political level-headedness and stanchness to Nation building, little wonder Chief Dr. Bisi Akande, the National Chairman of AC described Princewill 's led Rivers State ACas the most outstanding Chapter in the country having met all its party obligations.
As this political intrigues continue to unfold in Nigeria, it is being sensed that the Prince and his Chapter have now find themselves in dilemma, not minding the fact that majority of Nigerians are enthusiastically watching the political trends in the State.
Nwaorgu Faustinuswrites from Igboetche Rivers Sate