(By Iheanyi Ezinwo) – Ability to deliver on the dividends of democracy is now the condition precedent for choosing who governs Rivers State, and this is a departure from the past where decisions were based on primordial sentiments such as the ethnic nationality a candidate hails from.
These were the views of the former Adviser to Rivers State Governor on Political Matters and Strategy, Barr. Emeh Glory Emeh, while speaking with social media influencers on the sidelines of the 69th birthday anniversary of Ohna Sergeant Chidi Awuse, in his country home at Emohua.
” When you look at the achievements of Governor Nyesom Wike within the short but very impressive period of six years, one will come with the inevitable conclusion that Rivers State has passed the years when we bothered about ethnic nationality of who manages of our collective wealth.
“Governor Wike has changed that narrative. If we can drive home to Opobo, Abonnema, Andoni, Bonny etc., all riverine communities and the Governor, who did it is not from those areas, should anyone worry about who the governor is, or about the road facility?
” While it is good that all groups should have a taste of the pudding, it will be parochial to make it a condition precedent in the choice of who governs Rivers State, as that consideration can open doors to the extent of accommodating a non-performer and ill- prepared political “jobber”, the political strategist emphasised
Emeh Glory Emeh, who goes with the traditional title of Badu Oha Omekwa Eli Anya Emohua Kembom, however agreed with the general opinion that Rivers people, particularly the elders should choose the best from the good number of qualified and adequately prepared materials.
“Our objective should be to identity those who are qualified and sufficiently prepared to instill new spirit of times and promote fresh commitment to the values of efficient performance.
“By so doing, the state would in a better position to separate facts from primordial sentiments as condition precedent in choosing the occupant of the high office of Governor of Rivers State”, he argued.
Responding to a question, Barr. Glory Emeh insisted that Rivers people should concern themselves with how they can build on Governor Nyesom Wike ‘s enviable legacies and apply available resources in such manner that will accelerate development of the state.
He further advised political leaders to promote ideas that will move Rivers state forward, in addition to encouraging friendship and brotherhood rather than things that nurture divisive tendencies and hatred.