The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Ameachi, has denied endorsing Tonye Cole as sole governorship candidate of All Progressives Congress in Rivers State.
Some media reports on Friday had it that Amaechi endorsed Cole.
But in a statement from his media office, Amaechi said: “To clarify this fallacy… as an individual, a registered voter and a card carrying APC member from Rivers State, it’s the Honourable Minister’s inalienable, constitutionally enshrined democratic right to back/support/promote any qualified fellow party member of his choice, to aspire to be the candidate of the party in the State in the forthcoming governorship election or any other election.
“However, as a true and thorough democrat, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, a foundation member of the APC and a leading light of the party, recognizes that the Party candidates for the 2019 general elections will be chosen/elected by party members through the prescribed democratic process in the party’s constitution, rules and regulations.
“It is therefore preposterous, mischievous; wholly and intentionally disingenuous and deceitful for anyone to claim, allege or even insinuate that the Honourable Minister has ‘appointed’ a governorship candidate for APC in Rivers State.”