By George Onah
Port Harcourt—All is now set for the former governor of Rivers State, Celestine Omehia, to declare his intention to contest the 2011 governorship election in Rivers State.
In an exclusive interview with Vanguard in Port Harcourt, yesterday, the Port Harcourt City Council Campaign Co-ordinator of Omehia Campaign Organisation, Mr. Dike Harold Welle, said the ground was set for Omehia to hit town to declare his intention to contest next year’s election.
Dike, who clutched a bundle of Omehia campaign posters and fliers , which had been pasted in many parts of the city, said a crucial percentage of the city dwellers and Ikwerre people and other ethnic groups were clamouring for the return of Omehia.
When asked whether he was aware of the recent reception for Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi by Ogbakor Ikwerre outfit, an umbrella body for all Ikwerre people, Welle said it was “just a political gimmick by Amaechi to gain prominence”.
On why he thought Omehia would clinch the ticket of the party, even after Vice President Sambo had pronounced to the people of Rivers State that Amaechi would be given a second tenure ticket, he said “Sambo’s vote would only be one vote on the day of the primaries.
“Listen to me, Ikwerre people are at the receiving end of the bad leadership of Amaechi, there is hunger in the land and most of the Ikwerre villages have no roads and contracts are not given to the people, so where do you expect them to get money to manage their lives?
“Most of the things you see Amaechi doing were drawn-up by Omehia before the Supreme Court removed him.
“Look at the Mile 1 market, Omehia started it and it has stopped where he paid up to. Omehia designed the construction of the Eleme flyover as well as Eleingbu road construction.
“Even the security, which everybody is talking about, it was Omehia who challenged the militants and spearheaded the flushing out of the militants from Port Harcourt, Marine Base, Borokiri.”
“For only five months, Omehia was moving with the speed of light in the development of the state, if he had not been removed by the court, Rivers State would have known true massive development and not this cut-and-join development, which has no content.
“You are building schools and hospitals but you are not talking about improving the quality of teachers and you are not talking about improving the lots of the doctors and nurses, will structures teach the students or treat the patients.”