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WIKE CANNOT BE GOVERNOR: ASARI DOKUBO CHALLENGES PATIENCE JONATHAN

WIKE CANNOT BE GOVERNOR: ASARI DOKUBO CHALLENGES PATIENCE JONATHAN

Outlawed Niger Delta People’s Volunteer Force Alhaji Mujahedeen Asari Dokubo has declared that the next governor of Rivers State cannot be determined by the First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan.

This declaration is coming on the heels of various suggestions that the first lady was already imposing supervising minister of education, Mr Nyesom Wike as the next governor of the embattled state. He said the plan by the first lady to impose Wike on the people was morally wrong in the light of the dominance of the political landscape of the state by the Ikwerre group, to which Wike belongs, in the past 16 years.

He explained that all the fellows endorsing him for whatever reason should know that it will injure PDP and it the President. He noted that if the President’s name was brought into it, it would show that he is in support of the perpetuation of an Ikwerre hegemony in Rivers State, which is not right by population, which is not right under any calculation.

Mrs Jonathan had ignited a controversy over the governorship ticket of the PDP in the next election in Rivers State on Tuesday when she said Wike enjoyed her backing in his gubernatorial ambition.

She said, in a statement issued by her media aide, Mr Ayo Adewuyi: “In the case of Rivers State, the First Lady wishes to state categorically that the Supervising Minister of Education, Chief Nyesom Wike, is the leader of PDP in Rivers State and he enjoys the followership of the people of the State. The First Lady is solidly behind Chief Wike.”

Dokubo insisted that Wike could not become the next governor of the state in view of the interests of the three ethnic clusters in the state. He revealed that an Ikwerre man had no business in Rivers Government House in 2015, adding that it would amount to political suicide for PDP to field Wike in the next election.

Debunking the claim of his Ijaw kinsmen to the coveted seat in 2015, he said: “The arguments of the Ijaws are weaker. That an Ijaw governor should come in 2015 is weaker because Ada George and Melford Okilo have been elected governor; they can say it was old Rivers State — even in old Rivers State, the Ogonis should be in the right position to contest for the governorship. Yes, I will prefer an Ijaw man to become governor any day, anytime but when you are fighting oppression, you should fight it anywhere you see it. When you fight discrimination, you should fight it anywhere you see it.

In a release, signed by Chief Ferdinand Alabraba and Chief Maxwell Tasie Amadi on behalf of the group, the elders frowned at a situation where people were fanning the embers of ethnicity in their jostling for the gubernatorial slot in the state, adding that it could become divisive and detrimental to the unity of the party in the state.

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