The ambition of Major Lancelot Anyanya (Retd), to emerge governor of Rivers State in 2015, has been endorsed by traditional rulers, chiefs and elders of Andoni Local Government Area of the state.
The traditional rulers, chiefs and elders, at a stakeholders’ meeting in Delta Hotels, Port Harcourt, recently, endorsed the aspirant and invoked their royal blessings on him to contest the 2015 governorship election.
Clan head of Ataba Kingdom, His Majesty B.N.W Egwenre, Chief (Sir) Z.Z.A Tet-Uga, Chief E.E Igbifa, Chief M. Omayi, Chief Gad Ekpirikpo and several other notable Andoni chiefs, declared their solidarity for the governorship aspirant, describing him as an embodiment of progress.
Speaking on behalf of others, one of the foremost traditional rulers in Andoni, His Majesty J.W. Okuruket-Nnabiget XIV, urged Anyanya to forge ahead without further delay, saying the entire Obolo chiefs were overwhelmed with joy as he aspired for the state’s number one political position.
He said the traditional institution would support any politician from the area, who was ready to vie for governorship seat, noting, however, that it would be on the principle of “first come, first accepted.”
“We are here to identify with his aspirations. Though we are not politicians, but we will support any politician, who wants to aspire to the exalted seat. This is the first time an Andoni man is aspiring and for that reason, we are greatly impressed.
Responding, Anyanya paid tributes to the traditional institution and the chiefs present, pledging his commitment to the overall interest of Obolo people and Rivers State at large.
He said the essence of the gathering was primarily “to make public what we have done in private and to tell you that I am about to embark on a great journey.”
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship aspirant further said he would rely on the strength of the royal fathers and the diverse culture in the area to uplift Rivers State, promising to set the state on the path of greatness, the numerous challenges confronting the people notwithstanding.
He added that he was driven by a mission and passion to serve the people of Rivers State, which he said inspired him.