The governorship candidate of Labour Party in Rivers State, Tonye Princewill, has said he will not fund the monorail project started by the Rotimi Amaechi administration if elected as the state governor in February.
Princewill, who made this known in Port Harcourt, the state capital on Monday, explained that he might decide to attract foreign investors to inject funds for the completion of the project.
The governorship candidate, however, pledged to ensure that other ongoing projects of the current administration were completed should he emerge victorious in the February 28 governorship election in the state.
He pointed out that he had never been part of the plan to construct a monorail, adding that he had earlier advised Gov. Amaechi against embarking on the project.
The LP governorship candidate, who maintained that the project was always filling him with discomfort, declared that he would not spend Rivers resources for the completion of the monorail if voted into power in 2015.
Princewill, a former close confidant to Amaechi, said, “I still think that the monorail project was not properly conceptualised. Even though Governor Amaechi’s intention for the monorail project was genuine, I hold a qualified exception to its implementation. What we can do is to attract foreign participation to add value to the project in the interest of Rivers people.
“My intention is to complete Governor Rotimi Amaechi’s projects, but one project that fills me with discomfort is the monorail. I had earlier advised the governor against it. I will not be comfortable to spend Rivers people’s money on the monorail project.
“Other than that, I will look at other projects. Many of them (projects) were conceived with good intention, but execution was faulty. I don’t hate Amaechi or his government, I only criticise when they do the wrong thing”.
On why he left the Peoples Democratic Party to contest the governorship election on the platform of LP, Princewill expressed sadness that political parties in the country had no ideology, adding that only the LP could boast of an ideology.