Rivers 2015: Ijaws want to succeed Amaechi
THE Ijaws in Rivers State, under the aegis of Eastern Delta Peoples Association (EDPA), has said it will embark on 50,000-man rally to demand the right to produce the next governor of Rivers State in 2015. Spokesman for the group, Mr. Kingsley Adonis Pepple, made this declaration yesterday during the inauguration of the local committee of EDPA youth wing in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital. Pepple said the purpose of the rally was to demonstrate the unity of Ijaws ahead of the 2015 governorship election and to mobilize support of all fair-minded people to support their cause for the emergence of an Ijaw as Governor of Rivers State in 2015. He said what the group needs at the moment is the support, understanding and cooperation of their upland brothers to realize their ambition, noting that EDPA has assured the people that the unity rally it is planning would be peaceful and devoid of violence. He added that Ijaw youths have the right to accept gifts or any other inducement from politicians, but urged them to always stand for their right. “The fifty thousand man match will hold at the historic Isaac Adaka Boro Park. This place has a deep meaning to Ijaws worldwide. We are riverrine and creek dwellers. We have concluded plans to organize this rally to press forward with our resolve to produce the next governor of Rivers State come 2015. “We spread across 10 of the 23 local government areas of Rivers State. EDPA has already collected not less than twentyfive thousand signatures endorsing the rally, and more persons are expressing support for the emergence of a Riverine Ijaw governor of Rivers State. “Twenty groups have also expressed support and solidarity with the Eastern Delta Peoples Association. Believe me, two former Governors and eight other highly-respected dignitaries of the state are billed to speak at the unity rally, scheduled for October in Port-Harcourt.”
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