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    14 Rivers guber aspirants insist that Ikwerre should produce the next governor

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    Babatunde Akinsola
    Babatunde Akinsola is aNaija247news' Southwest editor. He's based in Lagos and writes on the Yoruba Nation political issues, news and investigative reports

    rp_rotimi-amaechi-360x225.jpgFourteen governorship aspirants in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State have insisted that other ethnic groups apart from Ikwerre should produce the next governor of the state.

    The 14 governorship aspirants who spoke yesterday at a mega rally organised by Rivers State stakeholders in conjunction with Rivers mainstream coalition, said for justice, equity and fairness to prevail, power must shift to other ethnic groups in the state.
    The governorship aspirants who spoke at the rally include Engr. Beks Dagogo Jack, Dumo Lulu Briggs, Engr. Sampson Ngerebara, Nwakwo Sunday, Bernard Mikko, Osele Ojuka, Gabriel Pidomson, Emmanuel Georgewill, Atamuno Atamuno, Silver Opusunji, Abietedoghu Hart and Paweriso Samuel Horsefall. They all insisted that power must rotate in the state.
    Dagogo-Jack, who was first to release the salvo, said the people of Rivers State gathered at the rally to make a bold statement that its time to reclaim their mandate.
    “President Jonathan restored peace in the country. Jonathan’s administration revived the economy of the country through his transformation agenda. I want to enjoin you to uproot the fruit of violence and restore peace in the state,” he said.
    Briggs in his speech said Rivers State would return Jonathan as President come 2015. He frowned  at those that claimed to have pocketed the leadership of PDP in the state , stressing that the party’s umbrella is big enough to accommodate every member of the party.
    “In 2015, power must rotate in Rivers State. There is no way President Jonathan would complete his tenure in 2019 after securing another mandate and another Ijaw man will take over from him. It is not possible. There will be problem,”he stated.
    Silver Opusunji, Gabriel Pidomson, Abietedoghu Hart and Oseleye Ojuka respectively insisted in their separate  speeches that the next governor of Rivers State would  come from another ethnic group.
    Ibienye in his speech called on the national leadership of PDP  to ensure that justice prevails by ensuring that power rotates in 2015.
    Earlier, the leader of Rivers mainstream coalition, Professor Isreal Owate, said the 14 governorship aspirants of PDP have agreed that power must rotate among the three senatorial districts of the state to ensure justice, equity and fairness.

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