By Codratus Godson
Business giant and now Rivers State governorship contestant, Tonye Cole, said in a radio interview on Saturday that Rivers State is highly insecure under Gov Nyesom Wike, but the campaign council of the Rivers State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has lambasted him.
The campaign council described Tonye, the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State as enemy of the people of Rivers State for allegedly de-marketing the oil-rich state, pointing out that Tonye’s comments that Rivers is unsafe was mischievous, dishonest and spiteful.
Cole in a radio programme View Point last Saturday painted a gloomy picture of the security situation in Rivers State but the PDP said the candidate saw nothing good in the combined efforts of the State Government and security agencies despite the huge reduction in criminality in the State.
In a statement issued in Port Harcourt, the Director of Information and Communications of the Rivers State PDP Campaign Council, Emma Okah, said Cole’s comments were unfortunate and unbecoming of a pastor who should see truth as sacred.
“If the state were unsafe, why is he moving to and from different parts of the state, holding rallies, attending church programmes and pushing his hollow campaigns without molestation?” Okah querried, pointing out that Cole is simply playing a spoiler.
Describing Cole as a joker, Okah said there was no known record of Cole’s contributions in any way towards the security of his local Abonnema or even the state. “While the state government battled the federal government since 2015 to accord Rivers State similar cooperation extended to other states in terms of crime fighting, Cole saw nothing wrong in what the centre was doing to his state” Okah said pointing out that the State Government has shown leadership by tackling security challenges in the State and that is why Cole and his party can campaign freely today.
On the alleged job loss in the State, Okah said Cole should hold the Federal Government and his APC responsible as Nigeria has lost 23.9 million jobs since 2015 as a result of the ineptitude of centre.
He said: “Nigerians have never had it this bad since 1960 but we are proud that Gov Wike has shown huge strenght in leadership, development and infrastructure since 2015, making the Vice President to call him Mr Project”.
Okah said Cole who is a pastor embarrassed himself when he said he has not seen anything positive that Gov Nyesom Wike has done in Rivers State since 2015. “If all the Jetties, sports facilities, health centres, zonal, general, and specialised hospitals reconstructed and newly constructed educational institutions, feeder and ring roads, land reclamations, housing projects, infrastructure, enhanced security surveillance facilities etc that traverse Abonnema, Degema, Abua-Odual, ONELGA, Ahoada and all the LGAs mean nothing to Cole, then Rivers people must shine their eyes well” Okah said.