December 13, 2014
Prince Tonye Princewill Secures Labour Party Ticket: Read His Full Statement
PRINCEWILL SECURES LABOUR PARTY TICKET
After extensive consultation on the next steps to follow, I and my team have decided that we no longer have a future in PDP and that win or loose, going forward, we will now be building our future here in the Labour party. Just as we refused to return to APC having since left it's parent organisation in 2010, our departure from PDP is also final. It was not an easy decision to make, I made many friends there and I still have a lot of respect for many men and women within the party, just as I do within the APC, but this is not the reason I entered politics. I came to change the politics, not to maintain the status quo or make friends. I no longer feel I have enough allies or a willing platform to achieve this goal and so I must move on. The struggle continues.
Some have asked that I maintain a dignified silence and remain within the PDP or that I should quit politics altogether. But I need to be able to look my children in the eye. This is not the Nigeria, I can defend, because this politics and its conduct are the very foundations on which this nation are built. I refuse to give up on Nigeria and so I can not give up on its politics. Politics as I say time and time again is too too important to be left to politicians. I only wish more of us appreciate this and join me where I think we really can make a difference. This pattern truly is not sustainable, the status quo will no longer hold. I have to do this for the sake of our children.
I would like to thank the Labour Party and its national leadership for giving me a reception fit for a King and the warm way the state leadership have embraced our arrival. I always complain that our political parties lack ideology and do not have an identity of their own but that position can not be levelled at Labour. With a social democratic ideology, a detailed manifesto and policies that closely mirror mine, I feel most at home here. Politics does not always have to be about just winning. It can be about doing the right thing as well. Finally, unlike previous political decisions that I took with only my political family, this consultation cut across all walks of my life. I want to thank you all for your contributions. From social media to private communications and the political equivalent of smoke filled rooms, you took the time to lend us your voice. I want to thank you for all your contributions. Even when we disagreed.
With the help of the BOT Chairman, our able Chairmen at national and state levels and the executive of the party here in Rivers state, I want to use this opportunity to reach out to all aggrieved PDP and APC aspirants who have their people's interests above their own, potential aspirants who never thought politics would give them a chance and opinion leaders who are left everyday to pick up the pieces of bad governance to come and join the next government of Rivers state. The Bible says, "When the righteous rule, the people will rejoice." I make bold to say, the right people have arrived. Stop wasting your time on politics as usual, and come and rejoice here with us. Rivers state needs choice, not imposition. We choose to be free.
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