Prince Tonye Princewill has described as childish the All Progressives Congress (APC) to their members in the National Assembly to stall the passage of the 2014 budget, and screening of the newly nominated ministerial candidates.
Mr Tonye Princewill noted in a statement today through his spokesman on Media and Publicity, Wabiye Idoniboye-Obu that this latest move was not unconnected to the current crisis rocking Rivers State.
â€œQuite childish, it is obvious that if this order is carried out, Nigeriaâ€™s economy and developmental strides will take a nose dive. Has dialogue been exhausted, is Rivers case not a case of APC looking for a fight when nobody is listening? What about the deaths in the South West. APC, has it really come to this? Princewill questioned.
Princewill who joined majority of Nigerians to frowned at this move by the official opposition, comdemned what he called an attempt by the APC to â€œShut down the Countryâ€. â€œNo man, woman or group of people has the right to threaten the stability of Nigeria. This is what this is.â€, Princewill insisted. He highlighted the activities of last year, when the Republicans in the US tried to use their strength to hold the country ransom. The repercussions of that move were obviously not in their favor, as the public came out in mass to reject the move. Citizens openly vowed never to vote for the party again, because of how immature their plans were. He predicted that the same will happen here.
â€œWhy is the National APC crying more than the bereaved.â€, Princewill said. He pointed to the past when the Rivers State police force was used to witch hunt, oppress and unlawfully harass the opposition. â€œWalk on the streets of Port Harcourt or through the markets in town and enquire. Youâ€™ll find out that they are happy with the current neutrality of the policeâ€. Recently in Rivers State a GDI planned rally was prevented by the police, for undisclosed reasons; this gives reason to Princewillâ€™s claims. Under Mbu crime and kidnapping have come down and APC rallies aside, people are oblivious of the drama.
Prince Tonye Princewill advised the leadership of the APC to have a rethink, and retract their orders. â€œI have worked with the then Action Congress and I know that there are still some good people in there; they should rise above the crowd and correct this impending mistake. â€œSolomon In the bible was one of the wisest men who ever lived. He was faced with a challenge; two women claiming one baby. Eventually the baby was to be cut in two, but destiny intervened. We all know the story and it was very clear who deserved the babyâ€. Only a regionalist or one occupied by self-interest brings a country to its knees. “Speaking of Solomon, nothing could be more appropriate to say now than STOP – a word is enough for the wise.” Princewill concluded.