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An advocate of resource control and good governance in the Niger Delta Region, Muhajid Dokubo Asari, has advised former Chairmen of the 23 Local Government Areas in Rivers State to accept the end of their three years’ tenure in good faith, and resist creating crisis.

Speaking shortly after the Sallah Solidarity visit by stakeholders of the Muslim community in the State to Governor Fubara, Dokubo Asari said tenure elongation is an aberration to the constitution of Nigeria.

He stated that the former chairmen, whose tenure expired on 17th June 2024 cannot force on themselves any extension of time that runs contrary to the oath of office they sworn to and be tolerated.

Dokubo Asari, who is also the Edi Abali of Kalabari land, warned those former chairmen not to invite the wrath of, what he called the “people’s power”, because it will descend on them to their dismay.

“Local Government tenure has expired today (17th June 2024). They should quietly go home. If they want to seek re-election in accordance with the constitution, they should go and seek re-election.

“But there is no tenure elongation in the constitution. Their position is tenure bound, and that tenure has expired.

“Let them not cause unnecessary problem for the people of the State. And I want to advise young people, that look, don’t allow yourselves to be used.”

Dokubo Asari said young Rivers people must know and understand what their roles are in protecting the State against those self seeking individuals who think that it is their private estate.

Making reference to a popular radio jingle on Radio Rivers,” Love Rivers State or leave her alone. Don’t pull her down. Think what you can do for her, engage yourself in meaningful activities…”, Dokubo Asari insisted that the State is bigger than one individual.

“Only one man can be governor of Rivers State at a time. We would not have two governors at a time. The people of Rivers State are bigger than Muhajid Dokubo Asari. Rivers State is bigger than any individual. No individual can take Rivers State people for a ride and pocket us. It is not possible.

“Most of us(them), their children are not here and their children have never come out to stand in front of any protest.

“They’re not like Mandela and his children or me and my children or any other body. A lot of people, they have not done this. So, nobody should be allowed to be used.”

Muhajid Dokubo Asari said further: “The people are showing peoples power. The people have gone on their own to take over local government secretariat because it is about the people, and nobody can say that we voted for three years tenure for a chairman and the chairman should exceed one second of that tenure.

“So, the people of Rivers State are exercising their people’s power and they are ready to take over until the government is ready to conduct a new election.”

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