The two major political parties – All Progressives Congress (APC) and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) – have been enjoined to adopt the principle of equity and justice by zoning the Rivers State governorship slot to Ogoni.
Ogoni people called for ethnic justice in the state, appealing that the two parties should field only Ogonis as candidates for the 2023 governorship poll in the state.
Ogoni Democracy and Development Forum (ODDF), which made the earnest appeal, noted that it would amount to justice if an Ogoni leads the state in 2023.
Convenor of ODDF, and former President of Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People (MOSOP), Legborsi Pyagbara, called on those who believe in justice to use their goodwill to facilitate the move for Ogoni to produce a governor in 2023.
Pyagbara on Thursday regretted that since the creation of Rivers State 55 years ago, Kalabari and Ikwerre have got a fair deal of the Number One seat in the state and marginalized the Ogonis.
The former MOSOP president lamented that an Ogoni person has never been a governor, deputy, Speaker of the state House of Assembly or Chief Judge of the state, stating that they were being marginalized.
“We are appealing that the leaders should demonstrate statesmanship, equity, fair play and sense of justice by ensuring that a Rivers governor of Ogoni extraction emerges as governorship flag-bearers on their various political parties, particularly the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, and the All Progressives Congress, APC.”
He noted that Ogoni has gone through many political marginalisation, economic strangulation and environmental degradation, which have reduced them to the lowest aspects of the society.
Pyagbara noted that politics has always been an instrument used, among others, to right the wrongs and injustices done against a group of people, noting that election of President Olusegun Obasanjo in 1999 was to right the wrong against the Yorubas on the botched 1993 polls.
“The issue of political marginalisation of the Ogoni people had been one of the triplets of core issues in the ongoing Ogoni struggle for justice.
“The Ogoni Bill of Rights (OBR) submitted to the government and people of Nigeria in October 1990 had, among others, called on the government of Nigeria to guarantee the Ogoni people adequate and direct representation of rights in all Nigeria national institutions.
Credit: Daily Independent