By Lateef Ibrahim, Abuja
The son of the late Deputy National Chairman of the defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), Marshall Harry, Inye Harry, has joined the race for the Degema/Bonni Federal Constituency of Rivers State in the House of Representatives on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The younger Harry was among several aspirants who have purchased expression of interest and nomination forms at the National Secretariat of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in Abuja.
Harry, who was at the secretariat with his supporters, said he was in the race to provide quality representation for the people of his constituency which he said has been neglected even after several years of the exploitation of oil and gas resources.
He dismissed claims that Rivers State is a Peoples Democratic Party strong hold, as according to him, the fact that the state is currently under the leadership of PDP is 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 per cent”, he said.