No fewer than 50 political pressure groups in Rivers State, under the auspices of Rivers Conscience (RC) have demanded for the emergence of the next governor of the state in 2019 from the riverine Ijaw axis of the state.
They called on Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike to respect the constitution of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which stipulates the rotation of elective positions including the office of the governor in the spirit of equity, justice and fairness.
Addressing newsmen on Tuesday in Port Harcourt, leader of the coalition, Dason Nemieboka, regretted that in almost 20 years of civil rule in Nigeria, no riverine person has been elected as governor of the state.
Nemieboka said: “The riverine people of Rivers State in all the three senatorial districts have come to be the incontrovertible truth that we must work together to strengthen the narrative for political justice and equity.
“We have therefore consulted widely, deeply and extensively. Personal, ethnic and political party interests are now laid on the altar for the ultimate demand of a riverine governor in Rivers State.
“Our people people from all the wards, communities, clans and political parties have ordered us to steer the ship that will take the riverine man to the Brick House in 2019. This movement is nonnegotiable. We are dead serious and we have God on our side, so no force can stop us.
“This agitation is not anti-Ikwerre, anti-Ogoni, anti-Etche, anti-Ogba, anti-Ekpeye or anti-anybody. It is in the long term interest of all Rivers people and indeed Nigerians that we sustain the fair and reasonable formula bequeathed to us by our wise forebears, which is rotational governorship.
“We call on former governorship aspirants of Riverine origin, especially in the Peoples Democratic Party and the All Progressives Congress to redouble their efforts and seek nomination as governorship candidates for the March 2019 election. We cannot continue to play second fiddle in Rivers State as we are not second class citizens in the state.
“We also call on the sitting Governor of Rivers State to respect the constitution of his party, the PDP which stipulates the rotation of elective positions including the office of the governor, in the spirit of equity, justice and equity.”