Rivers United supporters’ club take to social media for election campaigns

Franklin Owhor wants to be chairman of the club
Members of Nigeria Professional Football League side, Rivers United have taken to social media, especially WhatsApp to campaign for positions in elections coming up on Saturday, November 26, 2016.

Franklin Owhor, the current acting chairman of the supporters’ club two weeks ago created a WhatsApp group of more than 200 members to push his campaign to return as elected chairman of the club.

Other members of the supporters’ club have also used the same group to push their message across while some have sent broadcast messages over the same medium to prospective voters.

In one of Frankiln’s messages he went, “I will provide my supporters with replica jerseys, uniforms, mufflers, keyholders and bottle openers so the club can be self-sustaining.

“We will visit every commissioner and Local Government chairman, members of the state House of Assembly, prominent/ successful business men and women to acquire these products and mobilise them to the glory of the club.

“We will have a marketing department to create employment for our teeming supporters.”

This was the first part of Franklin Nyemeche Owhor’s manifesto as chairman.

Franklin also listed via the WhatsApp group other money making ventures he has in mind like popcorn making machine and water stand.
Isaiah Ogolo

Owhor adds that because of his close ties with the government he would ensure that spaces are provided at the stadium for shops and other business centers.

Isaiah Ogolo, the former chairman of the Sharks FC supporters’ club is vying for the position of vice chairman.

Ogolo simply put up on the group that he is pleading for the votes of members of the supporters club.

Mrs. Suzy Wami is in contention for the position of woman leader and she says she is humble, has integrity and is God sent for the ladies in the supporters club to move forward.

Rueben Ibulubo
Another member who put up his manisfesto on the group was Rueben Ibulubo who is vying for the position of Provost of the supporters club.

He claims he has experience and cited that he will be humble, and would serve the club better than any other.

Rueben continues that he had been provost in acting capacity for the past season and never for once disappointed the club.

Wendy Asonye Odumo
Wendy Asonye Odumo is going for woman leader too and she says she stands for transparency and truth.

She adds that she will be a leader who will be leader to all and not any cabal. She says she will be one who will hold fast to the ideology of the club and that those who love the club should vote for her

Prezi Difa is going for the position of Assistant secretary. He says the combination of himself and Frank Owhor is the winning one as they can both make the Rivers United supporters club number one in Nigeria.

Rivers United was created out of a merger of Sharks and Dolphins in February 2016.

A caretaker committee was created for the supporters’ club, a blend of members of the Sharks and Dolphins’ groups.

This is the first real test of their democracy.

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