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August, 16

Tonye Princewill Dumps APC Over Shettima

An ally of Rotimi Amaechi, Tonye Princewill, has left the All Progressives Congress (APC) in protest of Bola Tinubu’s choice of a Muslim running mate.

Kashim Shettima, a former governor of Borno, was introduced by Tinubu, the leader of the ruling party, as his running mate on Sunday.

The politician stated in his letter of resignation to his ward chairman in Rivers state that he would be unable to support the Muslim-Muslim ticket chosen by the party.

There isn’t a reason to stay in the party, he claimed.

“I can’t argue for equity in my state and defend inequity in my country,” Princewill said.

“While I appreciate my leader, Hon. Rotimi Amaechi and all his efforts, I cannot defend the decision of my party, in fielding a Muslim-Muslim ticket, especially at a time like this, against all protestations from well-meaning Nigerians, across religious and political divides.

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“It sets a very wrong precedent. It is totally insensitive and even if you win, will prove bad to good governance. Under these dire circumstances, I find no justification to still remain, in good conscience, a member of a political party that subordinates electoral victory over the safety of lives and the peace of mind of its citizens.

“The men and women of our party here in Rivers are the most loyal and faithful supporters I have met. They know what is right and wrong.

“I enjoyed working with them and I’m so sad to leave. But an APC party that totally disregards the basics of the same equity we preach is alien to me.

“Buhari resisted the same temptation and chose a little-known Osinbajo and won. By doing this, Tinubu is saying that a northern Christian has no electoral value. My staying means I agree.

“I wish you well. And I remain grateful to our leader (Amaechi), but I cannot defend the indefensible, to be totally honest, neither should you.”

David Bwala, a member of the ruling party and Ovie Omo-legal Agege’s advisor, left the party for the same reason.

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An ally of Rotimi Amaechi, Tonye Princewill, has left the All Progressives Congress (APC) in protest of Bola Tinubu’s choice of a Muslim running mate.

Kashim Shettima, a former governor of Borno, was introduced by Tinubu, the leader of the ruling party, as his running mate on Sunday.

The politician stated in his letter of resignation to his ward chairman in Rivers state that he would be unable to support the Muslim-Muslim ticket chosen by the party.

There isn’t a reason to stay in the party, he claimed.

“I can’t argue for equity in my state and defend inequity in my country,” Princewill said.

“While I appreciate my leader, Hon. Rotimi Amaechi and all his efforts, I cannot defend the decision of my party, in fielding a Muslim-Muslim ticket, especially at a time like this, against all protestations from well-meaning Nigerians, across religious and political divides.

READ MORE: PDP Names Funke Akindele Lagos Deputy Gov Candidate

“It sets a very wrong precedent. It is totally insensitive and even if you win, will prove bad to good governance. Under these dire circumstances, I find no justification to still remain, in good conscience, a member of a political party that subordinates electoral victory over the safety of lives and the peace of mind of its citizens.

“The men and women of our party here in Rivers are the most loyal and faithful supporters I have met. They know what is right and wrong.

“I enjoyed working with them and I’m so sad to leave. But an APC party that totally disregards the basics of the same equity we preach is alien to me.

“Buhari resisted the same temptation and chose a little-known Osinbajo and won. By doing this, Tinubu is saying that a northern Christian has no electoral value. My staying means I agree.

“I wish you well. And I remain grateful to our leader (Amaechi), but I cannot defend the indefensible, to be totally honest, neither should you.”

David Bwala, a member of the ruling party and Ovie Omo-legal Agege’s advisor, left the party for the same reason.

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