Rivers students urge Abe to run for 2023
• As group insists its Ogoni turn to produce governor
Rivers State students in the tertiary institution have called on Senator Magnus Abe to run for the 2023 gubernatorial elections.
The students from the University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State University, Ken Saro-Wiwa Polytechnic, among others, said, they were in dire need of a leader that would understand the challenges of the youths and meet their needs.
The students, under the aegis of Progressives Students Network, (PSL), lamented that they were passing through severe challenges due to neglect and lack of attention.
Rivers State coordinator of the group, Endwell Otonnah, stated this yesterday in Port Harcourt during the inauguration of the PSL.
Otonnah said: “Rivers State students are going through a lot of challenges; there is no scholarship, no bursary, no skill acquisition, no empowerment. There is a man who has the students at heart, who can meet the demands of the students and he is Abe, so we call on him to present himself as the next governor of Rivers State. We have confidence that when he comes, there will be no need for protest”
Responding, Abe, a former representative of Rivers South-East Senatorial District at the National Assembly, said the future belongs to the students.
“No one should tell you that you are too young on deciding issues of the future, no matter how big or small you are, as long as you are above 18, you are entitled to decide the future,” he said.
THE students spoke just as the LAGOS State chapter of the Ogoni Welfare Association (OWA) said it would back any distinguished and patriotic Ogoni indigene for the Rivers State governorship race in 2023.
In a statement issued in Lagos by the Chairman of the group, ThankGod Meekor, and Chairman, Public Relations Committee, Nkpemenyie Mcdominic, the group said it had assessed politics in Rivers State over the years, and identified contributions and supreme sacrifices Ogoni people have paid toward the liberation of the state.
It also hinged its quest on the effort of the Ogoni on the emancipation of the Niger Delta region, sustenance of democracy in Nigeria and resolved that it was only equitable, fair and just for an Ogoni to be given an opportunity to ensure the realisation of Rivers dream.
In the light of the above, OWA called on her brothers and neighbours in Rivers State including the Ikwerre, Kalabari, Okirika, Ekpeye, Ndoni and Opobo, among others, to support the Ogoni in 2023.
OWA noted that in the past, the Ogoni had thrown their weight fully behind the leadership of Rivers State presented by any of her neighbours and expressed the belief that it was logical for her neighbours to reciprocate such gestures by supporting any qualified and distinguished Ogoni son, who presents himself to serve the Rivers people.
“Although we commend Governor Nyesom Wike for his performance in Rivers State, we observe that it was ripe for Rivers people to repackage the state.
“This should be done through fresh and vibrant ideas from Rivers South Senatorial District, the only senatorial zone that has not been challenged with the governorship position in the state,” the statement reads.