On the 11th of April, 2022, we invited you all to a press briefing of the Progressives Aspirants where ten aspirants agreed and signed a unity accord to support any one of them that will emerge either by consensus or election at the primaries. Three other aspirants from the Riverine-Ijaw extraction later indicated interest in the race after the press briefing making them 13 aspirants in all.
Yesterday 19 leaders of our dear party met in Abuja with the 13 aspirants and unanimously adopted Arch. Tonye Cole as the consensus candidate for the Riverine-Ijaw aspirants to face any other aspirant that may wish to contest the party primaries on the Platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The 3 new entrants who later joined the aspirants forum are Tele Bertram Ikuru, Tekena Iyagba and Larry Allison (who was unavoidably absent at yesterday’s meeting due to late notice) also stand by the communique signed by the Progressives Governorship Aspirants.
I call on all party members to put all differences aside and see ourselves as one indivisible family. We are party people and what should be paramount to us all is winning all electable positions in the forthcoming general elections, God being our helper. I also make bold to say that the leaders who made the decision were not influenced by anyone but took the decision to ensure that everyone is taken along.
The Progressives Aspirants Forum