From: Tony John, Port Harcourt
Minister of Transportation and the leader of the All Progressives Congress, (APC) in the South-South, Chibuike Amaechi, has stated that he would not impose candidate on the party in the 2019 general elections.
Amaechi assured that any aspirant seeking elective position would be made to go through the primaries of the party.
The immediate past governor of the state spoke yesterday at the Secretariat of a socio-cultural oganisation, Ikwerre Youth Movement (IYM), in Isioko community, in the Ikwerre Local Government Area of the state, where a reception was organised for him (Amaechi) as the grand patron of the body.
Speaking at the event, Amaechi promised that he would not impose any candidate on the party.
His words: “The 2019 election is our last battle. If we win, we take over the State. If we lose in the election, we go home and rest.”
“We will not impose any candidate on anybody. Anybody who wants to go for any position, like chairmanship, should go for primaries and anybody who wins will be the candidate”.
Amaechi reiterated his stand on the rotation of power among the ethnic nationalities in the state, adding that there was no need for the Ikwerre people to monopolize the political power.
He further charged party supporters and members of IYM to go out and register in the ongoing voter’s registration, saying it is only through vote that the APC could wrest power from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
“We, as Ikwerre people, must give out power to other ethnic nationalities. But we will be in a position to take it back at anytime. Your future is in your hands. The president said that there will be no rigging in the next election. It is to our advantage. Go and register to be eligible to vote and to put the candidate of your choice in power”, Amaechi said.
Earlier, President of the body, Azubuike Wanjoku, sued for unity among the people of Ikwerre, adding that killings and beheadings would only hamper development in the state.