Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State, Pastor Tonye Cole, has declared that the party will deal with violence and insecurity in parts of the state if elected into power in 2019.
This is as he promised to take up the medical bill of two surviving children of an APC chieftain in Obrikom community in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni local government area of the state, late Chief Christopher Adube, who was gruesomely murdered along with four of his children in 2014.
Cole spoke at Omoku, headquarters of Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni local government area, during a consultative meeting with members of APC in Omoku Ward 16.
He said: “We can deal with violence, we can deal with it. We can ensure that violence no longer has a place in this community. So we know how to deal that and we will deal with it. After that is peace, after that is security, after that is roads, after that is employment, after that is development and all the things that you want.
“I just want you to know that I have heard the cry of your women, I have heard the cries of the mothers, I have heard the cries of the sisters and I have heard the cries of those that lost their children.
“I have heard the cries of people who had children, trained them and when they were about 17 when their parents were supposed to reap from their hard work, they were wasted. I have heard the cries of fathers who lost their children.
“No man should bury their children, no woman should bury their children. But I have seen that in ONELGA; I have seen widows, young widows and I have seen old widows. I have seen people who are abandoned and forgotten.”
Cole, who was accompanied to the consultative meeting by the Director-General of Tonye Cole Campaign Organization (TCCO), Dr. Chidi Lloyd, and several others, said the whole whole world will hear the story of what happened to the Adube family and Omoku in general.
The APC governorship candidate said: “I have been to communities that nobody has heard about; nobody has visited. I did not promise that I can solve all these problems. It is impossible. But what I can assure you is having seen all these and having heard you, your story would be heard.
“Few minutes ago, I met with the family of late Christopher Adube. I was so touched by what I saw. I asked them to take picture with my phone and I immediately put it on my Instagram page and sent it out so that people will know the story.
“I will help them and I will so my update. I promised them that I will so something by God’s grace but I still want the world to hear the story. I don’t want the story of ONELGA to be forgotten.
“I don’t want us to leave here and people have forgotten what happened. Somebody will tell your story; your story will go far. I have built relationships in this world and people will hear this story and when the hear the story, they will ask questions.
“The will come to see what I have seem by themselves. So as long as you are alive and as long as you will vote me as your governor, your story will not be forgotten.”
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