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2023: CC23 Group Urges Wike To Support Riverine Candidate For Governor.

Concerned Citizens of Rivers State (CC23), an advocacy organization, has encouraged Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike to back someone from the riverine area for governor in 2023.

The board said yesterday in Port Harcourt that permitting the riverine area to produce the governor in 2023 was in the interests of equality and justice.

Its chairman, Ken Robinson, criticized a comment attributed to Sen. Bennett Birabi pushing for an Ogoni ethnic governor in 2023.

Robinson stated that Birabi’s viewpoint threatened current political arrangements and may jeopardize state peace since “Ogoni is part of the upland that has been in power.”

He said that if the Ogoni had been given the opportunity, the upland would have been in power for 24 years, calling the scenario unfair and unjust to the riverine area.

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Robinson said: “Former governor and Minister of Transportation Chibuike Amaechi is reportedly disposed to the All Progressives Congress (APC) again presenting a governorship candidate from the Riverine ljaw bloc, in 2023, to give every part of the state a sense of belonging, as the upland has occupied the position since 1999.

“Hence, it will be appropriate to earnestly urge Wike, the leader of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, to permit history to further write his name in gold letters, by also lending firm consideration to the emergence of a governorship candidate from the riverine ljaw sections of the state, under the PDP, in the 2023 governorship election.

“In Rivers State, the founding fathers took cognisance of the upland and riverine arrangement as a natural political divide. Though some political stakeholders have struggled to dispute the classification, it has remained evident and respected in the state’s political progression.

“The issue of riverine and upland is like Nigeria’s political distinction that cannot be wished away even with the structural creation of six geopolitical zones.

“Consequently, even as we seek to de-emphasise our diversity, it should be noted that this political reality has sustained peace and unity in Rivers State.

“To ignore it is to perpetuate injustice, increase tension and agitation, and exacerbate distrust and acrimony in the state.”

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