The people of Ogoni say the decision to host and confer a chieftaincy title on Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, at a grand reception on May 15, is not because of their 2023 governorship ambition.
At a Town hall meeting in Saakpenwa, headquarters of Tai Local Government Area of the state, president of Ogoni socio-cultural organisation, KAGOTE, Emma Deeyaah, stated that they decided to host the governor to thank him for the projects he had completed in their area.
Deeyaah, who chaired the meeting, attended by delegates from the four Ogoni Local Government Areas (Khana, Gokana, Tai and Eleme), insisted that the reception has no political coloration.
He explained that under the Wike-led administration, the people have enjoyed real dividends of democracy, adding that appreciating him will enable him to do even more for them.
According to him, Ogoni people needed to be sensitised on the preparedness to the event, which is to express their appreciation and also draw the governor’s attention to issues that need to be addressed.
The KAGOTE president said dualization of Saakpenwa-Bori road, hospitals, schools and other projects as well as appointment of their sons and daughters calls for commendation.
Deeyaah said: “We are receiving him to show appreciation for what he is doing for us. And when you receive someone, you honour the person. So, the chiefs have agreed among themselves to give him a chieftaincy title.
“It is not really that we are making any demand. But, we feel he has done a lot for us. Everybody knows that the best way to ask for more is to thank the person for what he has done.”
Also, the state commissioner for Agriculture, and chairman of the Mobilisation Committee for the event, Fred Kpakol, said it was a collective resolution of Ogoni people irrespective of their political affiliations, to accord the Rivers governor honour for the impact of his administration on their area.