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Why court disqualified Tonye Cole as Rivers APC candidate



Why court disqualified Tonye Cole as Rivers APC candidate

A federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt has disqualified Tonye Cole as the candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Rivers State, ENigeria Newspaper reports.

Tonye Cole, a Nigerian businessman and co-founder of Sahara Energy who was named in a $50 million fraud and diversion scandal by Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State was thrown into confusion following the court ruling moments ago.
ENigeria Newspaper understands that Tonye Cole’s disqualification was based on dual citizenship suit pressed against him.
The candidate is a citizen of the United Kingdom and Nigeria.

In a thanksgiving service recently, Governor Wike in his usual character chastised the Sahara Energy founder over his involvement in the aforementioned multi-million dollars fraud allegedly perpetrated under the former administration of Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi in Rivers State.

The governor insisted he was not against anybody aspiring to be governor of the state, but in the case of Cole, he must first give an account of the money he received from Amaechi’s administration.

In his remark, Wike said, “the All Progressives Congress (APC) aspirant, Tonye Cole, would have to first answer to what happened to the $50 million his Sahara Energy Company received through a bank from the Rivers State government when Chibuike Amaechi was governor.


“Whoever knows him should tell him. $50 million was taken from Rivers State Access Bank account and taken to Sahara Energy account. And I asked them what is the job you people did for Rivers State. Can I see the contract paper, did you people loan us money?”

Governor Wike concluded by saying that it should not be a situation where the former governor would bring his business partner to become governor when they have both sold and bought assets of the state including gas turbines.


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