Nwile Emerges New KAGOTE President

Fresh crisis is brewing in the crude oil and gas- rich Ogoniland in Rivers State over leadership of its apex socio-cultural organisation, KAGOTE, an acronym for the four Local Government Areas of Khana, Gokana, Tai and Eleme.

Chairman of KAGOTE’s electoral body, Chief Alabi Korsi, who is a pioneer member of the organisation, told our reporter on Tuesday in Port Harcourt a former Rivers Deputy Speaker Dr Charles Nwile emerged the new president in an election on Monday.

Korsi disclosed that Nwile polled 44 votes to defeat his co-contestant, Dr. Peter Medee, the “outgone” President, who polled 15 votes.

He also stated the three-year tenure of Medee, a senior lecturer at the University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT), ended last December while urging all Ogoni people to massively support Nwile to succeed.

Nwile, on phone with our correspondent, described his election as a call to service and not for self aggrandisement.

Nwile urged Medee, members of his executive and their supporters to work with his executives to succeed and move Ogoni forward.

But when contacted, Medee maintained he remained the President of KAGOTE, stating his second term would end in December 2019.

Medee said: “No KAGOTE election took place in Port Harcourt on Monday. I was first elected in 2013 for three-year tenure.

“I was re-elected in 2016 for another term of three years, which ends in December 2019.

“In line with KAGOTE’s constitution, there is no provision for third term. Only two terms are allowed for members of the executive of the great organisation.”

He also warned persons within and outside Ogoniland, whom he accused of attempting to cause crisis and confusion in KAGOTE to desist forthwith, insisting that KAGOTE remained an indivisible body under his leadership.