The agitation that a successor to Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State should come from the coastal area of Ogoni, appears to cut no ice with the state Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. Ogoni, comprising Khana, Gokana, Tai and Eleme local government areas, claim to have been marginalised by other regions which have taken turns to produce the state’s governors. But the PDP has refused to gratify that desire. Rivers PDP Chairman, Felix Obuah, said his party “has stated for the umpteenth time that there is no going back on the resolve to throw its primaries open to all qualified member aspirants and ethnic groups in the state.
Obuah said the decision “is necessitated by its (PDP) strong desire to reclaim all the political offices stolen from the party and must therefore field only tested, trusted and capable candidates that can stand any opponent from any party anytime.” The party’s stance is at variance with some of its members’ who are insisting on zoning the position to the area for justice and fair play. Obuah said opponents to the decision do not wish the party well. The chairman is believed to be a Man Friday of Minister of State for Education, Nyesome Wike, and on whose back he rode to his current position.