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The Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, in Rivers State, Ambassador Desmond Akawor explained the circumstances that led to the emergence of Amaopusenibo Siminialayi Fubara as the party’s candidate for election as President. next year’s governor in the state.
Speaking recently in his office while receiving two groups of defectors from the All Progressives Congress, APC, Ambassador Akawor said the choice of Amaopu – Senibo Fubara was the best thing that happened to the Rivers because he ( Fubara) has no “boys”. nor belong to any particular group in the state.
The party chairman explained that the choice of candidate was dictated by fairness, fairness and justice for all sections of the state, adding that while it was imperative to transfer power to the river area of ​​the state, only the Senatorial District of Rivers South East has not held the governorship since 1999.
“In Rivers West, Dr Peter Odili had taken it and so Rivers West should be eliminated for fairness reasons. For Rivers East, Sir Celestine Omehia, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi and Nyesom Wike emerged from this district, so Rivers East was also excluded. The focus was now on the Rivers South East district which includes Ogoni (Khana, Gokhana, Tai and Eleme), Oyigbo, Opobo/Nkoro and Andoni.
“Since all the people who emerged from Rivers West and East were from the upland part, and remember that the APC had taken their candidate for governor from the river, we decided that our candidate should also come from the river portion of the Rivers South East Senate District. ”.
He revealed that the issue of Chief Nyesom Wike’s successor came up on the eve of the governor’s birthday when the state elders came to pay him a surprise birthday visit, explaining that the issue followed the call of the elders to the governor to compete. for the post of president of the country.
“The Forum of Elders met in the house of Chief (Ferdinand) Anabraba and agreed to go and wish a happy birthday to our Governor before midnight.
“We also agreed that night that the governor has done everything he needs to do in the state and that we believe he is a product that we can sell to the nation. So we wrote a letter to wish him a happy birthday and included two clauses in it, urging him to run for president.
“When we arrived at his (the governor’s) home, it was already past midnight. We woke him up and gave him the letter. He read it and saw the clause where we said he should run for president. He said you were saying I should run for president, let’s get settled in our house first. You should decide who should be the governor”.
He revealed that among those who wanted to be Governor, seven of them were at the meeting and they were told to go and choose one person among them to run for Governor, but they could not do so.
“So what we did was we called one of our attorneys, former NBA president Chief OCJ Okocha, to draft an agreement form that if at the end of account, you are not the selected person, you will be ready to work with whoever will be selected and everyone will sign. As we were coming to the primary, the governor invited the alumni forum and said that we had reached the peak of the problem, what do we do?
“So we have now asked who were the candidates who collected the South East River forms? These were Amaopusenibo Siminialayi Fubara and Tele Ikuru, former Deputy Governor, while the highlanders were Olaka Worgu, Senator Lee Maeba, Dr. Pidomson and kamalu, Commissioner of Finance. These were from the highlands so automatically they were eliminated and, of course, Sim Fubara and Tele Ikuru, (who is Secondus’ cousin who was also eliminated). And there were only two of them left, Finance Commissioner and Accountant General. The elders then asked them to go inside and decide who should go and Sim Fubara became the choice.
Speaking separately Hon. Ogbonna Nwuke and Chief David Briggs said they came to introduce their brothers and colleagues who expressed interest in leaving the APC and joining the PDP.
Hon. Ogbonna Nwuke said that as information officers, the decamped would join forces with those of them who are already in the party to provide a strong platform for the PDP to disseminate information and demanded that they receive timely information from the party leadership.
For his part, Chief Briggs said he was bringing great politicians to the PDP who had strengthened the APC in the region, promising that they would deploy their experience as political juggernauts to strengthen the PDP.
Leading the groups of defectors who visited the PDP secretariat to renounce their APC membership was a former state commissioner and former gubernatorial aspirant on the PDP platform, the Chief David Briggs and another former commissioner and former federal legislator, Chief Ogbonna Nwuke.
While the group led by Chief Briggs included prominent APC members from Kalabari land, the one led by Chief Nwuke was made up of indigenous newspaper owners who were members of the APC.
The Rivers State PDP boss praised the decamped for taking the bold step, adding that they came at the right time.
Amb. Akawor, who reminded them that the PDP is a household name in the state, said the party is in the DNA of every person in Rivers, noting that the current administration under Governor Nyesom Wike has achieved so much to the people of Rivers in terms of development even when none were given a chance.
Speaking separately, Hon. Nwuke and Chief Briggs said they came to introduce their brothers and colleagues who had expressed an interest in leaving the APC and joining the PDP.
Hon. Nwuke said that as information handlers, the decamped would partner with those of them who are already in the party to provide a strong platform for the PDP to disseminate information and requested that they receive timely information from the party leadership.
For his part, Chief Briggs said he was bringing great politicians to the PDP who were APC’s strength in the region, promising that they would deploy their experience as political pillars to strengthen the PDP.

By: Opaka Dokubo

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