A political pressure group in Rivers State, the Rivers Women Alliance (RIWA) has thrown its weight behind the clamour for the emergence of a governor from the riverine part of the state in 2019.
The group said a power shift that will lead to the emergence of a riverine person as governor in 2019 is the only path to equity, fairness, justice and the enhancement of peaceful coexistence in the state.
Coordinator of RIWA, Ibiba Omotoso, who spoke while addressing journalists in Port Harcourt yesterday, expressed dismay that the political leadership of the state has been domiciled in the upland part of the state for close to 20 years.
Omotoso said: “It is with a deep sense of commitment that we call on you for this brief discuss to register our desire for the need of a Riverine Governor come 2019.
“This call became very necessary as that is the only path to equity, fairness, justice and the enhancement of peaceful coexistence in our dear state. We as women of Rivers state, observed with total dismay how the leadership of our state has been domiciled in a particular section of the State.
“Whereas the state is made up of Upland and Riverine brotherliness, to our thinking and that of every rational thinkers that from 1999 (3rd republic) to 2019 (8th republic), the State has been governed by the upland brothers spanning from Sir. Dr. Peter Odili, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi to Barr. Ezebunwo Nyesom Wike.
“It is only fair for every Rivers son and daughter to rally round a Riverine Governor to taste the seat of power in our dear state.”
The RIWA Coordinator, who said the group is a nongovernmental organization with a view of a total chatter for united Rivers society, called on elders, the political class traditional rulers and youths of the state to join hands so that the call and advocacy for a riverine governor would be achieved in 2019.