Cole’s comments on Rivers safety, mischievous, dishonest, spiteful —PDP2 min read

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Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Campaign Council in Rivers State, has described the governorship candidate of All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state, Tonye Cole, as enemy of the people of the state for de-marketing the state to advance his narrow political interest, over his comment that the state was unsafe.

Tonye Cole

PDP said the comment was mischievous, dishonest and spiteful.

It will be recalled that Cole, in a radio programme, View Point Saturday, painted a gloomy picture of the security situation in Rivers State and saw nothing good in the combined efforts of the state government and security agencies despite the huge reduction in criminality in the state.

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Director of Information and Communications of Rivers State PDP Campaign Council, Emma Okah, in a statement in Port Harcourt, yesterday, 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 queried, pointing out that Cole was 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 government area, 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.

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He pointed out that the state government had shown leadership by tackling security challenges in the state and that was why Cole and his party can campaign freely today.

Job losses

On the alleged job losses 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 Governor Nyesom Wike has shown huge strength in leadership, development and infrastructure since 2015, making the Vice President to call him Mr Project.”

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Okah said Cole, who is a pastor, embarrassed himself when he said he has not seen anything positive that Governor 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.