By Tony Barcanista
Rivers state is a multiethnic society but one thing that has kept us together in fairness, equity and unity of purpose. As the rerun election approaches, many riverians look forward to return Nyesom Wike to Government House as they did in April 11. Though I recognise that the good people of Rivers state will return Wike to power, this article is to lay support to the decision of Rivers people.
1. Riverine/Upland Agreement Has No Effect On Wike:
While it is true that since 1999, the upland has been occupying the number one seat of rivers state, it is also true to recognise that Nyesome Wike wouldn’t have been the candidate of the riverine communities IF a riverine person had done what he did to challenge the madness of ex-governor Amaechi and his APC mad house. Wike was not the only minister from rivers state during Jonathan’s era, he was however, the only one that stood his ground, defended Jonathan, an illustrious son of the Niger delta, got insulted and abused by the APC and their agents on Jonathan’s behalf. Dakuku Peterside, though a riverine man is unfit to preach the riverine/upland agreement when he was the same person that vigorously campaigned against Jonathan for his parochial interest and made a fool of himself on March 28 to please his masters in Bourdillon road and Daura.
It was Wike that stood by the Rivers people, it was Wike that stood by our brother Jonathan. So if we the riverine communities are to consider voting based on “sentiment”, it is NYESOM Wike that fits the bill. Dakuku’s master, Amaechi once declared that Jonathan, an Ijawman isn’t his brother, Wike never denied the brotherhood between himself, an Ikwerre man and Jonathan. As a riverine, Dakuku is our blood brother, but he doesn’t represent us.
2. Ikwerre Deserves The Position:
The spirit of Rivers state is one that promotes unity and give everyone a sense of belonging. It is fair that the Ikwerre nation, produce the Governor of the state since the Senator representing Rivers East, George Sekibo is a riverine man from Okrika. It is only fair and deserving that the Ikwerre nation produce the Governor. Rivers state is known for fairness. We gave mandate to Peter Odili, an Ndoni man in 1999 and 2003 not considering the minority population. In 2007 we shifted the mandate to Celestine Omehia/Rotimi Amaechi, not minding the fact that he’s an uplander. In 2011 we returned Amaechi to power because we believe that the Ikwerres deserve an unbreakable 8years in office. In April 11, we dumped Peterside but queued behind Wike despite his Ikwerre root because we saw the spirit of Rivers in him. It is time to once again tell the Ikwerres that their son is indeed worthy of the mandate that the court erroneously voided. Upland or Riverine, Rivers is not divided.
3. Like Abiye Sekibo, Like Dakuku Peterside:
To those that may not know, Sekibo is an Ijawman from Okrika. Despite being an Ijaw son, his kinsmen(we) have vowed never to thumb-print for him in ANY election. In fact, it is safe to state that it is easier for the son of the Sultan of Sokoto to be elected Chairman of Okrika Local government than for Sekibo, a son of the soil. The reason is simple, Sekibo as SSG and Minister (under Obj) pioneered cultism and never brought development in the state. He brought riverine sentiment against Amaechi in 2011 as ACN candidate but was highly defeated in the riverine region(and the entire state)
On Peterside, he positioned himself as an enemy of Niger delta, Rivers state and the riverine people by his disgraceful drama during the Presidential election. He led his thugs to demonstrate against the will of the people when they thump-printed for Jonathan. Peterside has positioned himself to be seen as one that seeks to please his external masters. He’s a puppet that is best suited for an appointment as PA to his master Rotimi Amaechi.
4. APC Government In Rivers State Was Disaster:
While the PDP government of Rotimi Amaechi that lasted between 2007 and 2012 was one of the best in the history of the state, the APC government of Amaechi that lasted between 2013 and sent parking in May 2015 was the WORST government ever in Rivers state. It was the APC government led by Amaechi that shut down the courts and state house of assembly, and also put the state in comatose. Amaechi’s APC government refused to pay salaries for 3months and failed to appoint Chief judge of the state. Wike led PDP government came on-board and reversed the madness. Amaechi’s APC government that we have thrown into the dust bin of history is Dakuku personified.
I believe in the true spirit and determination of rivers state to seal up the dust-bin that APC belongs. Our state can not be led by one that is not for us.
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