Ogoni Stakeholders Forum (OSF) in the US has unanimously endorsed Hon Dakuku Peterside of APC as an Ogoni choice. Irritated at the rented numbers of Ogoni people which took to the streets in Port Harcourt on Thursday to protest the endorsement of Hon. Dakuku Peterside, as the governorship candidate of the All Progressives, OSF claimed Dakuku Peterside is a full flesh Ogoni man by all ramification.
Dakuku Peterside, originally from Opobo lived in Bori from his teen until the day he got admission into Rivers State University of Science and Technology, and always returning to Bori as his home when school closed. In Bori, he is popularly known as Dagogo not Dakuku. His mother and two sisters are well known as Ogoni women. Hon. Peterside now in his 40s, spend his 10th, 20th and 30th birthday in Bori, making him a more Ogoni man than an Ogoni man who live all his life in Port Harcourt. Among many streets he lived on in Bori were formal TTC now Poly, Taabaa road, Court Road etc. He has more Ogoni friends than Opobo and passed more Christmas in Bane (the house of the Wiwas) than Opobo.
The chosen of Hon. Peterside on Wednesday as the APC governorship candidate in Rivers State ahead of the governorship election next year in the state, is the best thing that happened to Ogoni people. Among any Ogoni politician out there, Hon Peterside is the only politician that has roll out developmental projects to Ogoni while he was the Commissioner of works in Rivers State. He is responsible for all the tarred roads in Bori, the electrification of many villages of Ogoni under Amaechi?s administration.
The lawmaker representing Andoni/Opobo/Nkoro Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives who emerged as the party?s consensus governorship candidate during a stakeholders? meeting on Wednesday will not only turn Ogoni around in terms of development but shall hand over to an Ogoni man after eight years. Opobo is very small, all the development shall be channel to Ogoni who kept him from his teen to adulthood.
We are therefore urging all Ogonis to embrace his candidacy and vote him in as governor. From all indication, he may be the only optimism available to Ogonis now. We also sympathizes with the helpless Ogonis who were either deceived or rented to break the law and eventually confronted by the security agents on Thursday. Ogonis are peaceful people, and need to learn not to be used and abandon by appalling politician who are merely singing their personal interest.
Mr. TamBari Lebee, for and on behalf of OSF
Spokesperson, OSF, Washington DC.