The Ogoni welfare Association (OWA) Lagos has thrown its weight behind any distinguished and Patriotic Ogoni son or daughter for Rivers State Gubernatorial Race in 2023.
In a statement recently issued in Lagos by the Executive Chairman of the body and the chairman Public Relations committee, Mr. ThankGod Meekor and Chief Nkpemenyie Mcdominic respectively, OWA assessed the body politics of Rivers State over the years, considered the quantum of contributions and supreme prizes the Ogonis have paid toward the liberation of Rivers people.
OWA also noted that Ogoni people participated fully in the emancipation of the Niger Delta region and the sustenance of democracy in Nigeria, thereby resolved, “It was equitable, fair and just for an Ogoni son or daughter, this time around, to be given an opportunity to ensure the realisation of Rivers dreams”.
In light of the above OWA called on her loving brothers, daughters and neighbors in Rivers State including the Ikwerres, Kalabaris, Okirikas, Ekpeyes, Ndonis, Opobos, etc, to support the Ogonis in 2023 towards the materialisation of this objective.
OWA recalled that in the past, the Ogonis had thrown their weight fully behind the leadership of Rivers State presented by any of her neighbours, and believed that it was logical for her neighbours to reciprocate such gestures by fully and patriotically supporting any qualified and distinguished Ogoni son or daughter who presents himself or herself to serve Rivers people.
OWA analysed the service records of Governor Nyeson Wike in various capacities to date in Rivers State, and observed that it was ripe for Rivers people to repackage the state, using fresh and vibrant ideas from Rivers South senatorial District, the only senatorial zone that has not been challenged with the converted No.1 seat in Rivers State.
“Finally, we acknowledge the stand of our pragmatic leader/ Elder stateman, Senator Dr. Bernard Birabi and agree that politics is a contest but for the sake of equity, Justice, fairness and political morality, we are appealing to the two Political Parties, PDP and APC to file in their 2023 candidate from Ogoni extraction”.