By SIMON EBEGBULEM
BENIN — OGONI indigenes in the United States of America, under the aegis of Ogoni Leadership Forum, have urged the political class from the area to be united to ensure that the area produces the next governor of Rivers State in 2015.
The forum, in a statement by Mr. Michael Akoka and Mr. Tedum Bari Kponee-Tonwe, noted that Ogoni produced distinguished sons and daughters such as Senator Lee Maeba, Emmanuel Deeyah, Kenneth Kobani, Befii Nwile, and others, who had served in different capacities in the state, adding that the area had qualified persons to vie for the governorship of the state.
They said: “In the coming weeks and months, the Ogoni Leadership Forum, USA, will be engaging well meaning Ogoni at home as well as in the diaspora, including members of the Ogoni elite, the political class, and youth groups, to discuss and chart a path to a consensus gubernatoral candidate for 2015, regardless of party platform or political affiliations.
“This is a noble undertaking for which all Ogoni must consider themselves morally summoned. For if we fail to come together this time, we would have essentially granted our silent consent to be perpetually governed. Our people have demonstrated exceptionalism in their stewardship under different governors in the state, therefore, we believe that other ethnic groups must rally round and support an Ogoni for the governorship.”