The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State, Pastor Tonye Cole, has reacted to the defection of Akpo Bomba Yeeh, deputy governorship candidate of the African Action Congress, AAC, to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
Yeeh, in a letter addressed to the governorship candidate of AAC in Rivers State, Biopkomabo Awara, said his resignation from the party was informed by the alleged hijack of the party’s structure by the All Progressives Congress in the State.
But Tonye Cole, speaking through his campaign spokesman, Ogbonna Nwuke, on Tuesday said Yeeh ‘lied in order to put food on his table.’
While urging well-meaning Rivers indigenes to ignore the vituperations of the deputy governorship candidate, Tonye Cole maintained that Yeeh was skewed by the N200 million cash given to him by Governor Nyesom Wike of PDP.
“It is pertinent to note that neither the APC nor the Minister for Transportation, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi, has in any way interfered with the internal organization of the AAC.
“We are aware that Yeeh, whose appetite for sudden wealth has overtaken reason, is not the author of the script that he read in his Port Harcourt residence on Monday.
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“We sympathize with Yeeh, a self-avowed young politician, whose hunt for a meal ticket has led him to mortgage his conscience for mess of porridge.
“It is indeed laughable that the crafted statement delivered claims that the Minister for Transportation had insisted that he would appoint 90 per cent of the commissioners, 23 local government council chairmen, in an undated resignation address served to the public.
“We are not shocked by the lies that Yeeh served the public, in order to put food on his table. It is consistent with the propaganda slant of the PDP, used to deceive the people and deflect the attention of the Nigerian people from the fact that PDP’s candidates lost horribly in the field, because of the resolve of Rivers people to effect a change,” he added.