2023: Rivers State LP unveils Governorship Candidate’s Running Mate

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On Sunday, the Labour Party in Rivers State unveiled Kaninee Barikpoa as the running mate to its governorship candidate, Beatrice Itubo.

Barikpoa is from the Khana Local Government Area of Rivers State, which has one of the largest voting blocs in the State.

The Vice Chairman (South-South) of the Labour party, Felix Reuben, who unveiled the running mate, said the choice of Barikpoa was to balance the “political equation” in the State.

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According to him, “the woman (candidate) is from Rivers West, so we chose a running mate from the Rivers South East.

“He is a young and vibrant man; he is not dependent on politics, he is a man successful by himself, and those are the people we are looking for.”

Speaking earlier during the event, the governorship candidate of the Labour Party, Itubo, said she was pressured severally to withdraw from the race, but she rejected the call.

“Some people are saying how can a woman lead the State, and I asked them since the creation of Rivers State in 1967, when I was less than three years old, where have the men led us to?” She queried.

In a remark, the deputy governorship candidate promised to bring value to the ticket.



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