The race for Governor Rotimi Amaechi's successor may witness the inclusion of 2007 governorship candidate of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, Prince Tonye Princewill. Princewill expressed his interest yesterday in Port Harcourt, the capital of Rivers State.
In a statement he issued, Princewill said he was in the race to renew the state and rescue it from crimes plaguing it.
He said: “In 2007, we had a state that only a few of us were proud of. Almost eight years later, we run the risk of returning to that state. Violence, kidnappings, politics of bitterness and ethnic divisions have re-emerged and the peace we all enjoyed is flickering like a candle in the wind. What went wrong? We have to save this state.
“In the days and weeks ahead, I will be collecting my nomination form, unveiling my roadmap for the renewal of Rivers State and introducing my campaign team to the world at our new state of the art offices here in Port Harcourt.
Until recently, Princewill was a former ally of the incumbent governor, Amaechi. He is a prince from the riverine Kalabari Kingdom and a businessman with vast interests in the upstream and downstream sectors of the country's oil industry.