Princewill’s Associates Urges Members to Register and Join PDP
That Prince Tonye Princewill bided goodbye to the Action Congress in Rivers State recently, and joined the Peoples Democratic Party is no longer news. What is news is that his associates have directed members to register with the PDP.
Therefore, in an effort to reinvigorate the potency and membership of the ruling party in the state, Princewill's political assocates has put in place a Central Transition Committee made up of Local Government and Ward coordinators mandated to mobilize members to register with the PDP. Top on the list of the body is Dr. Ibiamu Ikanya, State Coordinator, Barr Osima Ginah, State Secretary, Chief Eze C Eze, Public Relation Officer. Others include Dr. Wele Edith as Mobilization Officer in charge of women, Chief Gani Topba Mobilization Officer in charge of men, Rev. Ugo Amaechi mobilization Officer in charge of the Churches, Norisia Pepple mobilization officer in charge of youths and Alh Musa Saidu the Mobilization Officer in charge of the non-indigene community etc.
While inaugurating the State Central Coordinating Body and 23 Local Government Coordinators, the State Coordinator, Dr Ikanya charged them to be prepared to mobilize every believer of their brand of politics and the good but still undecided people of Rivers Stateto identify with and join PDP.
He enjoined the apolitical to have interest in politics by offering their sincere views on how to run the state and thanked Governor Amaechi for giving PDP in the state a human face with the introduction and enforcement of internal democracy, the tolerance of criticism and throwing open of the party to everyone.
A statement quotes the group saying, “It is the vision of this group to bring the 'People' back to PDP. People should be the determinant of its policies and drives not persons. We have discussed with the Leadership of PDP in Rivers State and we have been assured of a level playing field for all our supporters. We hereby urge all associates across the State to rush to their wards and get registered as PDP in the State will release membership cards for new registration this week. Should any of you encounter any problems in this regard such problem should be brought before your Ward Coordinator who reports to the Local Government Coordinator who in the event they cannot solve such a problem should bring it before the State Coordinating Chairman. If we are to assist to turn around the fortunes of PDP in the country and rebuild the party according to our ideals and beliefs, we must be seen to be practicing those principles ourselves. The fact remains the problem of Nigeria is PDP and if the problem of Nigeriamust be fixed, then PDP must be fixed and that is the more reason why we can't continue to watch from outside and throw stones. We must go into the party and make it what it will be for the interest of our country. The fact that Goodluck Jonathan is the leader of the party, Nwodo is now the Chairman of the party, Atiku has returned to the party and Amaechi heads the party in the state leaves us no choice but to accept the fact that the environment for change has been created and a fight with PDP no longer necessary. It is time to return home. The reasons we left are no longer”.
In the interim, Chief Ndamati a Leader of Rivers State AC has pleaded with Prince Tonye Princewill to return to the Rivers State AC as the party can't survive without the funding and direction he provided all these years. 'We have found out that without the Prince, all those who have been deceiving us saying they are ready to take over the party and provide the needed funds to run it are all funny people without a vision on how to move the party and the State forward.' This latest plea was made known to journalists in a press statement by Princewill's media consultant, Chief Eze Chukwuemeka.
According to Chief Eze, the Leader further reiterated that he alone knew where the house was leaking and therefore can always put it in order. The Prince stated emphatically that he has left AC for good and wished those staying back the best of luck. “I pray that they could assemble new leaders that will take the party to the next level. I tried to show the way and prove that nobody should be disregarded. It is a pity that some of them didn't appreciate me then and may even not appreciate me now but that is everybody's portion. That is life. My happiness is that we live in a democracy and so we do not have to please everybody all the time. Each and every one of us must carry his or her cross. I did my best now I must leave them for the rest”.
Nwaorgu Faustinus, Socio-political Commentator writes from Igboetche, Rivers State.