THE Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People has denied endorsing the Minister of Education, Chief Nyesom Wike, as the next governor of River State in 2015.
MOSOP said in a statement issued in Port Harcourt on Sunday that it had not approved any aspirant for the position of the governor.
President of MOSOP, Mr. Legborsi Pyagbara, in a statement signed by his Media/Public Affairs Advisor, Mr. Bari-ara Kpalap, warned local politicians to stop dragging the name of Ogoni nationality in an attempt to please their financiers.
Calling on members of the public to ignore the claim that the movement had approved a particular aspirant for governor, Pyagbara lamented that a few ‘shortsighted’ Ogoni politicians were bent on holding the nationality hostage.
“It is a shame that whilst our people have collectively resolved to move from the Egypt of political marginalization to the Canaan of effective political representation as adumbrated in the Ogoni Bill of Rights, some few shortsighted Ogoni politicians still want to hold our nationality hostage with their slave mentality of subservience and deadly acquiescence for a pot of pottage in Egypt.
“We want to remind them that evidences abound that our people are unanimous on their desire to lead Rivers State come 2015 and we do not see how Ogoni would contemplate endorsing a non-Ogoni over the Ogoni.
“Reports connecting some Ogoni members of a so-called Ogoni/Orashi Alliance had alleged that Ogoni had ratified Nyesom Wike for the 2015 Rivers State Governorship contest. We wish to reiterate that Ogoni cannot be put up for sale, not by any Ogoni person nor by any outsider,” Pyagbara said.
He stated that MOSOP was aware of the plot to frustrate the resolve of Ogoni to fight its marginalisation.
Pyagbara warned that any Ogoni politician working against the interest of the people would be declare person non-grata
“Only recently, a newly formed organization in the state has been insisting on upland and riverine dichotomy, which has long died in the state, especially with the zoning formula,” he added.
Meanwhile, the people of Etche ethnic nationality have endorsed the Minister of Education, Chief Nyesom Wike, as successor to incumbent governor, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi.
An elder statesman and PDP stalwart, Prince Emma Anyanwu, who disclosed this on Sunday, said Wike’s endorsement by the people of Etche was as a result of the minister’s detribalized nature, capacity and integrity to lead the state to the Promised Land.
Anyanwu maintained that Wike remained the best man to succeed
Amaechi going by the quality of those who had declared their intention to run for the coveted position.