Kobani: Why Ogoni People are Supporting Wike’s Re-election

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By Ernest Chinwo in Port Harcourt

The Secretary to the Rivers State Government, Sir Kenneth Kobani, has declared that the Ogoni Ethnic Nationality resolved to vote massively for Governor Nyesom Wike, because of his outstanding projects delivery in the area. 

Speaking during the defection of hundreds of All Progressives Congress (APC) members to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Gokana Local Government Area on Sunday, Kobani said that Ogoni people are committed to the victory of Wike in 2019.

He said since the creation of Rivers State, no other governor has invested in the development of Ogoniland the way Wike has done.

Kobani, a former Minister of State Trade, said all the local government areas that make up Ogoniland  have benefited from strategic projects that have improved the living condition of the people. 

According  to Kobani, the dualization of the Sakpenwa-Bori Road, the completion of Kpopie-Bodo road, the Ogoni-Andoni-Opobo-Nkoro Unity Road, the General Hospital Bodo City, the Bori Zonal Hospital; General Hospital, Nchia and the Birabi Memorial Grammar School are some of the projects that have transformed the landscape of Ogoniland.

He said: “Wike has transformed Ogoni land and we are committed to his re-election.  If the governor has done  this in three years, by the time he completes  his second term, Ogoni people will benefit more.

“All Ogoni people, including those who left APC  to join us, must remain committed  to delivering Wike in 2019. That is our principal goal. Wike has done so much for the Ogonis. No other former governor can equal his record.”

He charged all organisations to work  in unity to return Wike in 2019 and warned against divisive tendencies ahead of the campaigns.

Rivers State Finance Commissioner, Dr Fred Kpakol, said Wike has placed Ogoni on his priority list in appointments  and projects.

He said  Gokana Local Government Area alone has the Secretary to the Rivers State Government and the Commissioner of Finance, an indication that Wike loves the people.

In his remarks, Special Adviser to the Rivers State Governor on Politics and Strategy, Chief Glory Emeh, advised the defectors to remain steadfast as they will benefit from their association with the PDP. 

He said that APC has nothing  to offer the people of Ogoniland.  He said more APC leaders of the area will defect to the PDP  

President-General of Grassroots Development Initiative (GDI), Chief Bright Amaewhule, commended the APC members for defecting to the PDP, adding that their defection would help in ensuring the re-election of Wike.