Former IPAC Chairman Nsirim Says Only Aspirants With Rivers Interest Will Emerge As Gov

The immediate past chairman of the Inter Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) and leader of the G.74 recently deregistered political parties, Hon Emmanuel Chima Nsirim has stated that only aspirants who have the Rivers State interest at heart will emerge as the next governor to succeed Chief Nyesom Wike in office.

Speaking with newsmen in Port Harcourt over the weekend, Nsirim who was the state chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), said that Bro Felix Obuah could have been a good candidate if given the chance, adding that the parameter to measure such a leader is simple.

He stated further that time has passed when “unknown persons” jump out only during election period to want to lead the people. We need the aspirants who are with the people knows them and must have ameliorated their sufferings at one time or the other.

“This is not the time to be sentimental about the crucial decision of who will succeed the governor to sustain and even improve on his predecessor’s achievements. We should go for a competent and focused leader who has been tested and trusted.

Even candidates and delegates of the opposition parties know they cannot withstand the followership/support of Obuah in the election proper.

He maintained that an aspirant in the person of Obuah who has the interest, welfare and well-being of Rivers people and residents at heart, and has over 50 persons in his employment cannot be challenged in a free and fair contest of this nature.

To the aspirants of other positions especially the House of Assembly, House of Reps and Senate, Hon Nsirim challenged them to showcase their Report Cards before seeking for another political offices, pointing out that the political dispensation has changed “It can no longer be business as usual for them.” He emphasized that any politician indicating interest to run for any position must be able to show the people what he will do differently to improve the economy of the state in the general interest of the people.

“We need leaders that will bring investors to the state for the establishment of companies that will in turn employ over 80% of workers from the state in order to mop up the teeming unemployed youths and invariably improve the economy, stressing that if past leaders had de-emphasized selfish character, the state would not be where it is today going by its abundant resources.

The G74 leader also frowned at the recycling of old politicians in order for them to continue to loot the nation dry and as well blocked the chances of the younger ones with digital knowledge to improve the system.

On the presidential aspirations of former governor, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi and his successor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, the former DPP state chairman said it is a welcome development.

“They are our two prominent Ikwerre sons, Rivers State sons and Niger Delta sons. They have done well as governors, one focusing on educational and healthcare sectors while the other focused mainly on infrastructural development.

He stated that either way it goes, if they are able to secure the mandate of their respective parties, it would be in the interest of the region as a whole.

He used the opportunity to appeal to the delegates to take the interest of the state at heart when making their decision as according to him, “You don’t need to like a leader but consider his competence and capacity to deliver on his mandate in the general interest of all”.

He appealed to whoever will emerge winner in the 2023 presidential election and take over from rtd Gen. Muhammadu Buhari to develop a blue print on how to rescue the nation from total collapse, revise all the negative policies that have divided the country, improve on the economy and deal with the hydra headed monster called insecurity and banditry.

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