The Hausa community in Rivers State have stated that they are not part of a group that endorsed Governor Nyesom Wike’s campaign for a second tenure in office.
The community made this declaration on Friday, January 26, 2018 in Port Harcourt.
The Rivers State liaison officer of Hausa community, Musa Saidu, in a statement declared that it had not taken a position on the candidacy of anybody in 2019.
Alhaji Saidu further explained that the Hausa community in Rivers State has a political and administrative structure headed by both traditional institutions and other leaders of thought.
He added that none of the bodies were consulted before the endorsement was made.
He said; “I read in the media that a certain group of people led by one Alhaji Mensudu went to Government House on Thursday and endorsed Governor Wike for the- second tenure in office.”
“I want to state here that Alhaji Mensudu does not have the mandate to speak on behalf of Hausa community in Rivers State. What transpired in Government House on Wednesday where Mensudu claimed that the entire Hausa community is in support of Wike is his personal opinion and does not in any way represent the interest of the entire northern community.
“Mesundu does not understand the political and administrative structure of Hausa community in Rivers State. We have an organised leadership structure headed by Sariki Hausawa who is our spiritual leader.
“I am the Chief liaison officer of Hausa community in Rivers State. If we want to endorse anybody we will meet and take decision on that.
“We have not discuss any issue concerning the endorsement of anybody.”
“So we have not endorsed Governor Wike for 2019. If there is any need for that the entire leadership of Hausa community will meet and take decision on that.”