Hon Minister of Transportation and State Leader of the APC, Rt Honourable Rotimi Amaechi, CON held a crucial meeting with Party leaders from the three Kalabari LGAs in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
The Kalabari leaders during the meeting used the occasion to reinforce their unanimous resolve to work with the former Governor & the APC to take out the “terribly wasteful” PDP led government in 2019.
There were two major highlights of the meeting namely: the constitution of the novel Pan-Kalabari Elders Council and the Leadership Committees of the three LGAs.
The Pan-Kalabari Elders Council has Chief Bekinbo Soberekon as Chairman, Engr Beks Dagogo-Jack as Deputy Chairman & Prince Tonye Princewill as Secretary. Membership of the Elders council cut across the three LGAs with notable personalities including Engr. Levy Braide, Mr. Ngo Martins-Yellowe, Lolo Ibieneye, Dumo Lulu Briggs, Charles Ijuye, Prof Owunari Georgewill, Mrs Joeba West, and others.
The Chairmen of the LGA Leadership Committees are as follows: Ojukaye Amachree – Asari-toru ; Hon Sokonte Davis, Degema & Mr Christian Don-Pedro, Akuku-toru. The APC State Leader emphasised that Party faithfuls must learn to make personal sacrifice and also resist the temptation for immediate material benefits if they want to win the elections ahead.
Governor Amaechi informed the audience that the time is long overdue for the leaders in the Kalabari area to unite and rise up against the devastating effects of militancy and criminality on their areas, especially in terms of education, economic activities and quality of life in these communities.
The Leader also reiterated that, whilst he does not believe in Upland Riverine politics, he believes that after 20 years, the riverine areas of the State should also be given an opportunity to produce the next governor. Nevertheless his position remains that when all is said and done, the best candidate, from the whole State who emerges from the political process shall become the Party Flagbearer. He urged those interested in serving to begin now to work for the unity and strength of the Party in the State.
The Hon Minister, in particular enjoined the Kalabari leaders to go all out and energize their voter base across all Kalabari towns and villages to build a united mass movement in support of the APC for the 2019 elections, reminding them that a United Kalabari formation is critical to realizing their legitimate aspirations.
The meeting closed with the APC Kalabari leaders thanking the State Leader , Rt Hon, Minister Rotimi Amaechi for convening the meeting and formerly constituting the critical leadership organs for the work ahead.
The APC Kalabari leadership further assured His Excellency that the Kalabari area shall mobilize en masse to deliver the block votes necessary for victory in 2019.