Mr Inye Harry, the son of the late Deputy National Chairman of the defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), Marshall Harry, has picked the expression of interest and nomination forms to contest the Degema/Bonni federal constituency seat in the House of Representatives on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The younger Harry, who was at the APC National Secretariat together with his supporters on Thursday, said his aspiration was aimed at providing quality representation for the people of his federal constituency.
He said the people of his constituency had been neglected after several years of the exploitation of oil and gas resources.
He faulted the claims that Rivers State is a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) strong hold, saying the fact that the state is currently under the leadership of the PDP was not a true reflection of the realities on ground.
The aspirant said, “Rivers state is not predominately PDP, Rivers State is an APC state; we all know what happened during the 2015 governorship election, there was no election anywhere. The votes of the people did not count; the ruling party just sat down in one office with officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission and wrote the results, the peoples mandate was stolen; that was what happened.
“This time round, we are determined that this will not happen again. Our people are wiser and we will ensure that their votes count this time around. Something happened last month. There was a bye election into a state constituency; the APC won, the ruling party in the state know what they did with INEC, up till this day, they have not released the results.
“The Rivers State APC is calling for the release of the results but the state government is arguing that the results should not be announced. 2019 will prove to the world that Rivers is an APC state, my constituency is for APC 100 percent.”
When asked which form of primary he would prefer, he said “Every state has its own peculiarity and their different circumstances. I am with the leadership of the APC in my state, whatever position they take, I will abide by it since like we were told, each state will decide which mode best suits its peculiarity.
“If they say it is direct primaries fine, if they say it is indirect we are fine; there are no factions in Rivers State APC; what is happening is not strange in politics. I can assure you that at the end of the day, we will all come together and move forward. Most of these fights you see are on the pages of newspapers.”
Daily Trust recalled that the aspirant’s late father Marshall, was assassinated in Abuja, on March 5, 2003.