Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State, Prince Tonye Princewill, has said that Wednesday’s emergence of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu as candidate of the ruling party, ahead of the 2023 presidential election is a full lecture in political party primaries.
He further stated that the with the current political dynamics, the South South, South East and Middle belt would have to choose a side haven been taught a good lesson.
In a statement made available to journalists, Princewill, an advocate for a Rotimi Amaechi presidency, said the former Transport Minister would have a better option for the party.
He however said with the choice of the delegates, all hand should be on deck for a win for the party at the 2023 polls.
He said: “The delegates have spoken and they went for age, political history and the leader himself to lead the party in the next general election.
“Asiwaju was not my first choice, but I believe that when you subscribe to a process, you must also subscribe to its outcome. He won the election free and fair and took us to school with a full lecture in political party primaries 101.1.
“I for one diligently took notes. So now, we will see two professors of Nigerian politics going up against one another. Two people cut from the same PDM cloth, two allies, now opponents, will square off, while the rest of us will be asked to choose a side.
“The South South, South East and the Middle Belt have been taught a good lesson, so a dark horse, or better still a light complexioned horse, like Peter Obi provides an alternative, mainly in the South, while Kwankwaso of Kano provides an alternative in the North.
“The constituency I belong to want a different kind of country with a clear separation from the past and it was my view that Rotimi Amaechi could have been the one to provide it. The delegates in their number however, disagreed with me.
“What I can say is Asiwaju and Atiku are no pushovers, are both very very cerebral and know what it takes to turn a country’s fortunes around. I’m a student of their politics and a fan of their stubbornness. They handed me over to Amaechi in 2007 and then promptly denied it later. My very first lesson in media damage control.
“So it should be no surprise, that I will wait for what Amaechi says, before I take a position. 2023 is too important to be observing it slowly approaching from a distance. Politics, as we know, is far too important to be just left to our politicians, likewise Presidential campaigns are far too important to be left to the Presidential candidates.
“In closing, I would like to take the opportunity to congratulate both Atiku and Asiwaju, without forgetting Peter Obi. May the best Dad win.”