RIVERS IJAW RENAISSANCE GROUP TOWARDS THE 2019 RIVERS STATE GOVERNORSHIP: The Rivers Ijaw position INTRODUCTION The Rivers Ijaw
4. Since 1999, two ethnic groups, Ndoni and Ikwerre have monopolized the governorship position to the detriment of all other groups. In fact, Ikwerre alone has produced three successive governors since 2007.
6. The argument of Ikwerre for holding tight to power since 2007, is that Ijaw monopolized the governorship in the old Rivers State (before Bayelsa State was created in 1996).
7. But a critical look reveals that Rivers Ijaw have occupied the Rivers State governorship seat for only twenty-three (23) months; (Ada-George Jan. 1992- Nov.1993). This is because Diete-Spiff who was a military appointee and Okilo (until his death) are now Bayelsa Ijaw although they were governors of old Rivers State. Ijaw is a large tribe found in more than six states of Nigeria.
9. To deny Rivers Ijaw the governorship of new Rivers State because Diete-Spiff and Okilo were governors of old Rivers State, is like denying Ikwerre the governorship because Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, Dr. Michael Okpara and Odumegwu Ojukwu were premiers/military governor of old Eastern Region that included present Rivers State.