The Rivers State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has challenged the former Deputy Governor of the state, Mr. Gabriel Toby, to give one reason or cite a single project he executed for his Opobo people throughout the eight years he served as deputy governor to make them sympathize with him in his new found party, All Progressives Congress (APC).
Reacting to remarks credited to Sir Toby who described the just-concluded Governorship election in Rivers State as “a coup”, the State chairman of the PDP, Bro Felix Obuah, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media, Jerry Needam, noted that it was ‘unfortunate that such remarks should be coming from an elder statesman who ought to be more reasonable and responsible in his public utterances.’
“It’s shocking and self-indicting that a person of Toby’s status who voluntarily and gladly participated in the said election which evidence is public knowledge could turn around to criticize same election the way he did, because his party, APC lost.
“This attitude shows that Mr Gabriel Toby’s personality has a question mark and goes further to explain the origin of his adopted daughter’s (Ibim Semenitari) discourteousness and indiscipline. Gabriel Toby ought to have known that his support for any candidate in any contest is a big minus because he has no electoral value to command any followership not even in his immediate large family.”
Continued the PDP state chieftain: “The much Mr Gabriel Toby could be remembered for, is self enrichment while he served as Deputy Governor for 8 years, he never cared beyond his nuclear family which is responsible for his early consignment into oblivion a few years after leaving office.
“Therefore, joining forces with aggrieved bad losers to adjudge the election he participated in as ‘a coup’ is not only escapist but also face-saving,” Obuah declared.
The PDP State chairman, therefore, counselled that ‘Mr Toby should keep sealed lips, since the insults attracted by his adopted daughter as the worst Information Commissioner ever recorded in the history of Rivers State is enough humiliation.”