Elders of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) have expressed concern, and branded media reports credited to Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi vowing to truncate the Ogoni governorship quest by stopping Senator Magnus Abe and enthroning a riverine governor of Rivers State in 2019, insisting that it was not yet the turn of Ogoni, as most unfortunate. They thus call on the leadership of the party to jettison his hateful and oppressive stance against the Ogoni people. They warned that the APC risk rejection in Ogoni if it fails to heed the advice.
We condemn the Transport Minister’s ignoble position. The stance would not have mattered to us but for his adopted divisive, acrimonious and dangerous methodology in the attempt to scuttle our political dream. Having earlier agreed to, and reaffirmed to Ogoni leaders at a parley of his support for the Ogoni governorship drive, the U-turn demonstrates crass double-standard, reflecting unreliability. It is also a devious stab to pitch Ogoni against our riverine brothers.
However, we are encouraged by the fact that Ogoni destiny is not in Amaechi’s hands. We recall that the ex-governor weathered tremendous opposition to his gubernatorial ambition, yet he became governor of the state. Former governors Rufus Ada George and Dr. Peter Odili likewise experienced similar fate but they triumphed. Since Amaechi is not God but merely playing God, he cannot reverse God’s resolve.
“It is on record that the erstwhile governor of Rivers State at a meeting with Ogoni leaders held in Government House, Port Harcourt in December 2014 swore to support and champion the campaign for an Ogoni governor of the state after the 2015 gubernatorial election. The meeting was held in relation to the failure of the APC to allow an Ogoni contest the 2015 governorship poll as the party’s candidate, which was traced to the resistance of ex-governor Chibuike Amaechi. In attendance were but not limited to HRM King G.N.K. Gininwa, HRM King Barnabas Bagia, MOSOP president, Legborsi Pyagbara, KAGOTE president, Dr. Peter Medee, Senator Magnus Abe, Chief (Hon.) Lebari Mwara, Hon. Barry Mpigi, Hon. Maurice Poronen, Chief Victor Giadom, Hon. Innocent Barikor, Prof. Sam Nwideedu, Prof. Barineme Fakae, Justice Peter Akere (late), Prince Biira and Comrade Menele Nziidee”, Kpalap said.
The Transportation Minister, we must say, has gravely goofed and a man who speaks from the two sides of his month is more dangerous than danger hence the Ogoni people must be smart and respond adequately to the challenge if we must halt external dictate and ensure our political liberation. It is saddening that the fact that since the creation of Rivers State, no Ogoni, in the face of acknowledged, unsurpassed quality, has not held the position of Governor, Deputy Governor, Chief Judge and Speaker of the state’s House of Assembly, yet former governor Amaechi insultingly and spitefully considers Ogoni unripe. This appalling, repressive and spiteful political war being waged by Rotimi Amaechi against Ogoni, without doubt, is an exterior trial to our political leap and Ogoni must bravely resist it.
However, his stance clearly unmask an ethnic script aimed at crippling the cohesive wings of the Rivers State chapter of the All Progressives Congress by dividing and weakening the party against effective challenge to win back the state’s governorship seat in 2019 knowing fully well that APC would not avail its governorship ticket to an Ikwerre. This strategy satisfies their ethnic blueprint of holding on to power for a long time in the state to engender satisfying consolidation of political, economic and social domination of other ethnic nationalities in the state without regard to implications.
We recall that it was this same abiding compliance with the said ethnic agenda and personal hatred for Ogoni that informed his influencing APC’s choice and fielding a minority in minority as its gubernatorial candidate in the 2015 Rivers State governorship election, a contest that community, political numerical strength was an added advantage. No wonder the party was roundly defeated.
Similar situation is looming and unless the party shakes off the Transportation Minister’s menace, this sad political history may be repeated.
A stich in time, they say, saves nine.
MOSOP Council of Elders
5 March, 2018