BY GBENGA OKE
Association of Better Rivers State, ABRS, and Rivers Congress for Positive Change, RCPC, yesterday urged former senator representing Rivers South-East senatorial zone, Senator Lee Maeba, to contest the 2015 governorship election in Rivers State.
The groups, in different statements, said that Lee Maeba has distinguished himself as a dependable mantle-bearer, not only for Rivers people, but for the entire South-South region.
The groups, in separate statements by their coordinators, Chief Maxwell Ogbe and Simeon Pepple, said that the preference for the Ogoni-born senator was hinged on the fact that he single-handedly sponsored the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development Bill while in the Senate.
“Senator Maeba served actively and very prominently in his days in the Senate and made Rivers people proud just as he took the Niger Delta issues to the centre stage of legislative discourse and the Ogoni nation where he hails from and Rivers South-East, his immediate constituency, became a household name to all Nigerians and the international community.
“Senator Maeba has not only proved to be a trusted and patriotic son of Ogoni, but a detribalised leader who fought for the conversion of the Rivers State Polytechnic, Bori, to a Federal Polytechnic, which the then Federal Government approved in principle before the end his tenure.
“He has convinced us that if given another chance, especially to serve in the capacity of the Chief Executive of Rivers State, he will do exceedingly well to the satisfaction of various constituents, districts and tribes in the state.
“Entrusting Maeba with the governorship seat will further usher in the desired peace, security, empowerment and development of Rivers State and we are calling on the people of the state to fully support and be part of the vanguard of Maeba’s emergence as governor of Rivers State, come 2015,” the groups said.