I Was Offered N1.5Billion To Conspire Against Amaechi–Tonye Princewill

By Ikenga Chronicles July 8, 2018

I Was Offered N1.5Billion To Conspire Against Amaechi–Tonye Princewill

Former Rivers State governorship candidate– first under the Action Congress, and then under the Labour Party– Prince Tonye Princewill, has revealed how he was offered N1.5billion to conspire against current Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi.

Princewill who stated this in an interview revealed how the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) met with him in 2007, with the aim of getting him to fight Amaechi’s victory at the Supreme Court.

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Recall that in 2007, Amaechi in a first of its kind judgement at the Supreme Court, was announced as the winner of the governorship primaries of the PDP, and consequently, the winner of the 2007 governorship elections. Prior to that moment, Tonye Princewill was in court, contesting the results of the election.

When asked about what happened, and why he suddenly withdrew his case after Amaechi was sworn in as governor, Princewill said;

“I have spoken severally on this but let me try and summarize what happened. Due to the cases in the courts and tribunal after the 2007 elections, somebody in Amaechi’s camp who was very close to me bumped into me in Abuja. There and then we agreed that if I win, they would support me, but if they won, I would support them. To be honest, I couldn’t see how they would win. I saw the most likely outcome as a rerun. But I agreed. To my surprise Amaechi won in the Supreme Court and was declared Governor. Since my word is my bond, I supported him.

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“But only after talking to Atiku, Asiwaju and my zonal/state party leaders. Both Atiku and Asiwaju later denied it. But they all gave the green light. What I failed to do was talk to Rivers people. I didn’t realize the support I had out there. My support for Amaechi was unconditional, but some people interpreted it as selling out. Not me. The sell out would have been if I collected the 1.5 billion that was offered me to keep my case in the court by the PDP. They wanted me to throw Amaechi out. They even offered me evidence to show how the election was rigged against me. I refused. I couldn’t stand them.”

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Prince Tonye Princewill is currently a member of Amaechi’s All Progressives Congress (APC), and has said that he will not run for governor in 2019, but would rather support whoever the APC chooses, in order to “reclaim Rivers state” for Rivers people.

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