Youth in Bekwarra Local Government Area of Cross River State has banned from campaigning in the Local Government Area (Bekwarra) a Chief of the All Progressive Congress ( APC) and aspirant to the Cross River North Senatorial election, Joe Agi.
The youths in a statement issued by Agaji Adie Ntamu for the Young Bekwarra Leader Forum said the Bekwarra people's attention was drawn to a provocative video by Joe Agi (SAN) about one of the most unfortunate communal crisis in Bekwarra-Ishiborri.
"In the video, Agi, on his consultation visit to a few APC members in the Ishiborri community in Ogoja, ran out of ideas and in his desperation to impress his already disappointed people, recalled the very unfortunate community clash between Ugboro and Ishiborri that took place in 1995, just 25 years ago, which was a very bloody intercommunal dispute where many lives were lost with property worth millions of N. Until today some families are still disenchanted.
"The pain and suffering of this formidable group mishap is new. Both communities affected are still experiencing the economic hardship. It is quite disappointing to Joe Agi 's decision to anchor his political point on such an ugly incident with the intent to malign the reputation of Bekwarra's good people.
"If Agi was paid a fortune in the so-called land dispute to protect the Ishiborri people, is he supposed to bring it up after 25 years of such an ugly incident where many people are still struggling to recover and live in peace? Perhaps this describes the level of leadership that he hopes to bring to the Northern Cross River, if he ever is considered.
"His attempt to inspect another genocide, where he can race to trial quickly and rob the people of their hard earnings at the cost of their lives, has failed grimly.
"We want to warn him that our well-respected legal symbol is too highly positioned and that anyone with no political track records should not use it as a political bait. Forgetting that Chief K.G Agabi represented this country as a former Justice Minister and one of Cross River's unifying figures, and should not be dragged into any hate and division politics.
"Bekwarra and indeed the world should know by Agi 's declaration that he is always an Ishiborri man, which explains why he brought the Bekwarra people to the High Court and to the supreme courts and won them, that he does not consider Bekwarra and that he has no interest in his scheme of things. We hope that soon, he will not come to Bekwarra to run for votes.
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