Tuesday, February 3, 2015 8:15 am
The Ogoni apex socio-cultural organisation, KAGOTE, has endorsed Dr. Dakuku Peterside, the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the southern Nigerian state of Rivers and promised to deliver the entire votes of the ethnic group.
An excited State Chairman of the APC, Dr. Davies Ibiamu Ikanya said: “With KAGOTE, the Ogoni apex socio-cultural organisation, endorsing Dr Dakuku Peterside, Senator Magnus Abe and other APC candidates, we are now more than ever convinced that no matter the odds our victory in all the elections is very assured. Nyesom Wike’s(PDP candidate) fate is effectively sealed and it would be right to describe KAGOTE’s endorsement of Peterside for the February 28 governorship election as the final nail on Wike’s ambition.”
The Rivers APC Chairman congratulated KAGOTE for its decision to throw its weight behind APC and its candidates, noting that “this decision taken during KAGOTE’s meeting of January 25, 2015 at Tai Eleme is in the best interest of both the Ogoni Nation and Rivers State in general since APC has proved beyond reasonable doubt that it will at all times champion the best interests of the Ogoni and the entire Rivers people.”
KAGOTE in a communique after its January 25 meeting signed by its President, Dr. Peter Medee, and Third President, Dr. Mike Nwielaghi, said: “Despite the non-consideration of our demand for political power in the present dispensation, Ogoni governorship dream remains alive. We therefore urge all political parties to consider Ogoni next for governorship of Rivers State, since the desire of Rivers people seem to favour rotation of power between upland and riverine now, for which the riverine question seems to have been answered.
“Consequently, we endorse the candidature of Dr. Dakuku Adol Peterside for Governor and Senator Magnus Ngei Abe for Senate, Rivers East Senatorial District.”.