Determined to ensure that an Ogoni occupies the Rivers State Government House in 2015, the people of the ethnic nationality have dedicated their governorship bid tagged: “Ogoni Project 2015,” to God.
The church service organized by the Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People (MOSOP) with the theme: “That we may be one,” attracted a huge crowd of Ogoni across party lines.
The event held at the Wesley Methodist Cathedral in Bori, the ancestral home of Ogoni people and Headquarters of Khana Local Government Area, witnessed prominent Ogoni leaders maintain one voice.
President of MOSOP, Legborsi Pyagbara, restated the position of Ogoni on governorship in 2015, urging the people to form a coalition geared towards producing a successor to Governor Amaechi insisting, “the time for an Ogoni governor has come.”
He said: “Let’s culminate our struggle for justice, liberation and against environmental degradation with the election of a governor in 2015 from Ogoniland.
“Our position is clear; any party that is interested in our votes should field an Ogoni as its governorship flag bearer in the 2015 gubernatorial election. We assure an Ogoni governorship candidate and the party he represents of our collective votes.”
On his part, President of KAGOTE, Dr. Peter Medee, said: “We cannot lose it in this generation, we must grab it now or we have to wait for another 24 years. Those saying no more zoning are enemies of Ogoni. They are those conspiring against the people of Ogoni. Whether it is APC or PDP, we must unite to get the governorship position.”
In his solidarity message, the member representing Tai/ Eleme/Oyigbo federal constituency in the House of Representatives, Barry Mpigi, who also spoke on behalf of Senator Magnus Abe of the APC, said Ogoni people were prepared to produce the next governor of the state, not minding the political platform, through which it was achieved.
Earlier in his admonition, the Bishop, Diocese of Bori, Methodist Church Nigeria, Rt. Revd. Innocent Ndinwii, urged the people of Ogoni to ensure they play their individual parts to achieve their desire for a governor of Ogoni extraction in 2015.