MOSOP accuses Wike of planned mayhem in Ogoni

By IAfrica
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Aug 23rd, 2014
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The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) yesterday alleged plan by the Minister of State for Education, Chief Nyesom Wike, and his supporters in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to unleash mayhem in the four Ogoni Local Government Areas of Khana, Gokana, Eleme and Tai in Rivers State, today.

The alleged mayhem ,according to MOSOP ,will be preceded by a protest against the agigation by the Ogoni to produce the next governor of the state.

Wike,an Ikwerre ,is believed to be interested in the 2015 governorship race.

MOSOP President , Legborsi Saro Pyagbara, said the Minister was ‘desperate’ to cause trouble in Ogoni which he considers as the only obstacle to his governorship ambition.

Pyagbara said the alleged planned protest was “ to divide and destabilise, adversely affect cohesion and jeopardise the opportunity for the Ogoni to work with unity of purpose and concertedly to actualise the project 2015, as it relates to adequate political representation in the state.”

MOSOP warned that the approach “would only serve to hurt the cause of the aspirant (Wike) and deepen Ogoni resolve against political subservience.”

It added: “ We are also warning the mastermind (Wike) and his internal collaborators to immediately desist from implementing the plan, as the Ogoni people will not fold their arms, while their communities are thrown into turmoil.

“MOSOP is concerned that this man (Wike) is attempting to export violence into Ogoni, just to scuttle the Ogoni’s ambition, while he is busy organising his community to achieve electoral success.”

It asked those mobilised for the protest to “rise above parochial and partisan sentiments,” adding: “ What we understand is that the love of the governorship aspirant for Ogoni is hate. Hence, we are warning that Ogoni people will resist every attempt to squeeze us into political oblivion. We also vow that we will act against any cancerous stand against our collective interest, be it internal or external.”

Chief Wike could not be reached yesterday for his reaction.

Wike’s spokesman, Simeon Nwakaudu,did not respond to several calls to his line .


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