Among those present at the meeting of elders drawn from all the major ethnic nationalities of the state were Chief Albert Horsfall, and the former governor of the state, Chief Rufus Ada- George.
At the end of the meeting, which lasted for over two hours, the elders’ council maintained that in keeping with fairness, equity and justice, the issue of upland and riverine dichotomy should be respected.
Speaking on behalf of the council, Chief Horsfall pointed out that it was their resolution that all political parties in the state should field riverine governorship candidates.
According to him, since the creation of the state, the riverine area had governed the state for only six years, excluding the military regime of Diete Spiff.
He pointed out that since the present political dispensation, the upland area had ruled the state for 16 years and five months.