The Rivers State chapter of All Progressives Congress, APC, has zoned the governorship position in the state to the Rivers East Senatorial District.
The State Chairman of the APC, Dr. Davies Ikanya, who disclosed this in Port Harcourt on Tuesday, said the Rivers South East Senatorial District comprised riverine and upland communities.
Ikanya noted that the next governor of the state could emerge from the upland or the riverine area of the senatorial district.
“The Ogonis are from the upland while the Kalabaris, the Opobos, the Igbani’s from Bonny and the Andonis are from the riverine area in the South East Senatorial District.
“Our party has zoned the governorship position to the South East Senatorial District comprising the upland and the riverine areas.
“The candidate will be determined when the party eventually votes on who will be the party’s flag bearer in the 2015 gubernatorial election.
“As a party, we are talking among ourselves. We are consulting and we are confident that the party will provide a level playing field for interested aspirants to market their credentials before the leadership and members of the party.
“When the party votes, the candidate that emerges, whether upland or riverine, everybody will support the party’s candidate”, Ikanya said.
The APC chairman, however, disagreed with the position of the immediate past Minister of State for Education, Chief Nyesom Wike that some of the governorship aspirants in the state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party were moles planted by the APC.
According to Mr. Ikanya, “Who among the PDP members or governorship aspirant is Wike or Obuah referring to as moles in the PDP. What they fail to realize is that most of those they are calling moles today joined the PDP before most of them.
“Most of them were leaders in the PDP before Obuah became prominent. So, he (Wike) cannot now refer to them as moles. They are simply scared of the APC. I just think that I should not join issues with them”.