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C’River 2023: Ogoja has been politically ostracized for too long _Group bemoans

By Anthony Uwadiegwu

Concerned socio-Political groups in Cross River Northern Senatorial District have re-echoed the need for Ogoja to complete it terms in Senate through the incumbent Senator representing the Senatorial district, Sen. Jarigbe Agom-Jarigbe.

The group made this known in a separate statements made available to newsmen in Calabar on Sunday.

The Coordinators of Movement for the Restoration of Good Governance (MFROGG) and Northern Senatorial District Youth Renaissance Assembly, (SSDYRA), Messers Emmanuel Agba and Raymond Takom, respectively, subsequently endorsed the reelection bid of Agom-Jarigbe.

The groups noted that the reason for their endorsement was for the purpose of justice, equity and fairness in Cross River North.

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They explained that for over five decades, the Ogoja people have been marginalised in the political scheme of things even when it has served as the old Ogoja provincial headquarters which include the present Ebonyi state.

The Coordinator  of MFROGG, Agba Raymond said all other four local government areas of Obanliku, Obudu, Bekwarra and Yala have all had their turn in the Senate.

His words:” Late Joseph Wayas from Obanliku had his betweeen 1979 to 1983, Kanu Agabi from Bekwarra won and stayed for few months before he was appointed the Minister foe Justice and Attorney General of the federation.

“Adede Musa from Obudu took over from Agabi and was in the senate between 1999 to 2003, also Prof. Ben Ayade from same Obudu took over from his kinsman in 2011 to 2015.

“Similarly, Greg Ngaji from Yala served in the upper legislative chamber between 2003 to 201, while late Rose Oko also from Yala served between 2015 to 2019 respectively.

“Jarigbe from Ogoja who won the bye-election after Oko demise has only been in the Senate from Ogoja 2021 till date and now seeking reelection,” he stated.

Agba hinted  from the above statistics,that it was clear that Ogoja has been marginalised and therefore Jarigbe should be allowed to continue in the Senate in line with the spirit of brotherhood and equity.

According to him, the ruling party  should have also zoned their senate slot to Ogoja rather than to  Obudu that have taken their turn to avoid the bad blood being generated in the zone.

He said the zone had given Gov. Ben Ayade four years in the Senate and eight years as Governor of the state.

Agba maintained  that they had expected him to retire after thirteen years of political sojourn and not aspire to return to the Senate again.

On his part, Takom of the SSDYRA insisted that no vacancy in the Senate until Ogoja completes their term through Agom-Jarigbe.

“It is not just being in the senate, the current occupant is doing well and the people are solidly behind him. For now, we don’t have any vacancy in the Senate,” he said.