Tonye Cole Throws Tinubu Under the bus for his Rivers Governorship Ambition
Tonye Cole, candidate for APC in Rivers State’s governorship election slated for March 11 has once again proven that he is a man that is underhanded and knavish, and as such, Rivers people are warned about his two-faced tendencies, and should therefore not trust him with their vote as Governor of Rivers State.
It has been noticed that Tonye Cole deleted the Facebook message which congratulated Asiwaju Bola Tinubu on his victory in the recently concluded presidential election. He published the message on the verified page of his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC).
It is speculated that he did this because his congratulatory message was received with criticism from a section of social media users who are largely believed to be loyal to the Presidential Candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Mr. Peter Obi.
Speech of Mr. Dele Alake, Special adviser on media and communication of the APC PCC at a Press Conference in Abuja on 3 March 2023
The post was deleted about one hour after it was published. Tonye Cole’s quick action in deleting the post shows that Mr. Cole is willing to do whatever it takes to please the people he needs votes from and doesn’t care about his own party’s values. This means that he is likely to change his positions in order to please the people he needs support from, regardless of the consequences.
However, realizing that the post may have offended supporters of Obi’s LP and will cost him the expected votes, he deleted it. This led to questions as to whether he was dissociating himself from Tinubu and APC’s victory in the presidential election.
Tonye’s post had the potential to be seen as pro-Tinubu, which he perceived could alienate those who are pro-Obi and are against APC’s victory.
By deleting the post, he was essentially trying to dissociate himself from any possible political affiliations and salvage his chances of getting the expected votes.
This is the post he deleted:
“I join millions of Nigerians to congratulate the President-Elect of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu on his resounding and expected victory at the just concluded presidential poll.
“When you emerged as the presidential candidate of our great party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), I had no doubt about your ability to lead our party to our third triumph in the presidency because of your pedigree and intimidating track record.
“Your conquest is an attestation that the majority of Nigerians believe in the milestones you achieved in Lagos State from 1999 to 2007, and your immense contributions to our democracy over the years.
“This victory is very important to Rivers State APC because our state is among the states you won convincingly; this shows that our party is fully on the ground in the state.
I am looking forward to working with you when we replicate the same landslide victory in our dear Rivers State on the 11th of March. – Tonye Cole, mni”
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