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WIKE HAS NO BACKING OF IJAW ELDERS FOR GOVERNORSHIP

WIKE HAS NO BACKING OF IJAW ELDERS FOR GOVERNORSHIP

Elders of Ijaws in Rivers State have said that the Supervising Minister of Education Nyesom Wike does not have their backing to run for Governor in 2015.
The elders, in an advertorial in a national daily on their behalf by the Andoni-Opobo-Nkoro Leaders of Thought, said it is the turn of the riverine area to lead the state.
The statement by Prof Dagogo Fubara, Alabo Biekpo Jack, Amaopusenibo Diri, Dr Francis Minimah, Capt Paul Akins, Sunday Paul, Chief John Egongh, Mr Ubokineme Owor and Gilbert Mkparo, said “It is instructive here, to state that the people of Andoni and Opobo/Nkoro Local Governments Areas believe in the principle of fairness and politics of inclusion. We believe that having shown and given untainted support and solidarity to other areas and senatorial zones in their period of governance, equity demands that 2015 is the turn of the Riverine Ijaws to take a shot at the governorship of Rivers State. Any act, therefore, that tends to say otherwise, does not represent the true spirit, zeal and drive of the riverine Ijaw Project 2015.”
 They accused Wike og going to the backdoor to get endorsement which they said will come to nothing. In their words, Wike“caused a few self-serving politicians in the two local government areas, ostensibly, to induce the endorsement of his governorship ambition, and cause same to be published and carried in both print and electronic media”.
The statement added: “This, it was revealed, will be the first of an orchestrated plan by lovers of underdevelopment to plunge the peace loving areas into series of sustaining political upheaval, with the active connivance of outsiders. We shall resist any such attempts at turning the two Local Government Areas into a theatre of war. Andoni, Opobo and Nkoro people are too sophisticated to mortgage their tomorrow for a pot of porridge today. No amount of money can make us sell our right to the Brick House, come 2015.
“Any political aspirant who feels he or she is worth the salt should come forward through the appropriate and legitimate means, rather than going through the back door to induce lesser minds for endorsement. Need we point to the unarguably fact that endorsement, either way it is obtained,, does not translate to automatic electoral victory?
“While we do not begrudge any person or group in Andoni, Opobo and Nkoro communities from taking any political position, it is our unequivocal stand that such a position should, and must not have the colouration of the majority of the people. The quest for pecuniary benefit by a few selfish politicians in the area leaves a sour taste in our mouth. Such elements are willing tools in the campaign for the promotion of divisive tendencies. Andoni, Opobo and Nkoro communities had gone through very painful moments of political reclusion, and we do not intend to go back there”.

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