The Progressives Alliance For SMA has condemned in its entirety the unfortunate statement credited to Hon Asita Okorie Asita on the good people of Ogoni during a Free Rivers rally in kpite Tai Local government area yesterday.
Hon Asita Honourable was quoted as saying: “Don’t let any hungry man who is going from place to place claiming its Ogoni turn to deceive you. When it’s your turn, we will all support you”.
Going by this statement, Asita ostensibly, was consciously describing any Ogoni who is genuinely seeking justice after more than 50 years of political imbalance as ‘hungry people’. It’s blasphemous for Asita to assume the position of God when he also presumed in his statement to know when it will be Ogoni turn to be governor.
The big question is; how will Asita know when it will be the turn of a people to become governor of a state, which since its creation had never been Governor, Deputy Governor, Speaker or Chief Judge? How will Asita consider those genuinely pursuing their political rights as “hungry people”?
Sadly so, this undemocratic utterances coming from a supposedly former federal lawmaker is to us demeaning, provocative, denigrating, most unfortunate, unacceptable and should be condemned by all well meaning Rivers people.
To us the Progressives Alliance For SMA, this is certainly not the best way to “build the party” as they deceitfully profess. We view the statement of Asita on Ogoni as divisive, insensitive and a general insult on the sensibility of Ogoni people.
Such dangerous statement if not checked, posses high security risk and is capable of instigating inta-tribal acrimony between ethnic nationalities in the state.
We call on Asita to immediately tender an unreserved apology to the good people of Ogoni over his unwarranted insult on the collective integrity and sensitivity of the people and Ogoniland in general.
Hon Prince Akekue,
President General, Progressives Alliance For SMA.