By Richard Edem
Last Saturday, Calabar the Cross River State capital witnessed an appreciable drive for the ongoing INEC Continuous Voter Registration, CVR exercise.
Wanbuneh, a political group within the People’s Democratic Party, PDP took to the streets of Calabar to educate eligible voters on the need to take advantage of the ongoing voters registration to obtain their PCV.
At the event, a frontline political support group in the State, Fresh Air Cross River 2023 Movement, which seeks the emergence of Sir Arthur Jarvis Archibong as the PDP governorship flag bearer come February 2023 and eventual emergence as governor of Cross River State did not take the back seat.
Fresh Air Cross River 2023 Movement was perhaps the only political support group that visibly identified with the spirits and ideals of the rally which is very critical to the political participation of electorates at the upcoming elections.
This is very commendable. As much as I can remember, it is not the first time the group is identifying with the wishes and concerns of the people of the state.
When the poor women who wakes up daily to sweep and keep the streets of Calabar clean were teargassed by some mannerless police officers for demanding their rights, Fresh Air Movement were the first to respond positively with a cash donation among many other items. Bringing succor and relieve to the plights of the aged and poor women, majority of whom by my interaction with them were widows. I am also very much aware of several other social interventions the group have carried-out quietly without raising a trumpet. Indeed, this is how the political theatrics should be.
This goes further to say that Fresh Air Cross River 2023 Movement is not just a political support group but also one with human face. Everything must not be politics. After all, we are first humans before politicians.
I do not know of any other political group who have done half of what the group has done so far.
I am particularly very delighted with the participation and intervention of Fresh Air Cross River 2023 Movement in joining to call out Cross Riverians to go and register at the ongoing voter registration exercise.
Our state has one of the lowest voter record in the country. Even for those who are registered voters, voter apathy on election day is still a serious cause for concern. It is therefore important to encourage all eligible voters in the State not to miss this opportunity to register and vote, as their vote is certainly their power to decide.
I wish to sincerely congratulate Fresh Air Cross River 2023 Movement and Sir Arthur Jarvis Archibong for putting Cross River State first far beyond political benefits and for continuing to pioneer a new and positive political narrative in the state.
I also call on other political groups and politicians across the state to learn from Sir Arthur Jarvis Archibong by encouraging their constituents to go out and register in other to ensure full political participation come 2023.