Rebisi Women Protest Against Electoral Violence


Women of Rebisi Kingdom in Port Harcourt City Local Government Area of Rivers State, yesterday stated a peaceful protest in Port Harcourt to register their discontent over the incessant violence that characterises election in the area, especially the just conclucled rerun polls in Port Harcourt Constituency 111.
Operating under the auspices of the Rebisi Women Association, the women stormed the Oroworukwo Town hall in their numbers seeking divine intervention into the issue through prayers.
Speaking with newsmen shortly after the protest Leader of the Rebisi Women Association, Ame Jane Kalagbor expressed worry over the growing spate of violence that trails the conduct of elections in the area.
“As mothers, women of Rebisi Kingdom are disturbed by the repeated acts of high intolerance and violent conduct by politician during elections in Port Harcourt City Local Government Area”.
She noted that the lives of the women and their families have become endangered due to the perpetration of acts of violence ” without discrimination between who the political enemies are.”
She said the participation of the people in the performance of their civic responsibilities have been marred by electoral violence.
Also addressing the people doing the protest, the representative of the group, known as ”Daughters of Rebisi,” Queen Igwe, said women have become major victims of electoral violence and called for a solution to the issue to protect the women from further insecurity.
She therefore called for proper investigation into the violence that rocked the Port Harcourt Constituency111 re-run polls, with perpetrators brought to book and punished by the law.
In her remark, the wife of the Paramount Ruler of Port Harcourt, EzeAparaRebisi, HRM, Juliet Elikwu said the incessant electoral violence in the area, was meant to doom the voice of the people of Rebisi in the democratic process.
While calling on the women of Rebisi to seek God’s intervention in the issue, she also presented a copy of the protest letter to the Eze Apara Rebisi, HRM, Eze Isaiah Uche Elikwu, for delivery to the government and relevant stakeholders.