Governorship aspirant of Labour Party (LP) in Rivers State, Tonye Princewill has unveiled Ken Nwinekina Saronwiyo as his deputy ahead of the February 28, 2015 elections to be held in the state.
The announcement was made via a press statement by his Personal Assistant on Media and Publicity, Wabiye Idoniboye-Obu, revealing that his choice was made in line with Princewill’s ideaology of keeping the spotlight on the Ogoni people, due to the “relative economic and political neglect of the region when compared to their relevance and importance.”
He stated that Saronwiyo’s choice was also opined by a cross section of Ogoni stakeholders who stressed that his antecedence and uncompromising passion for the people were some of the characteristics that brought about his selection.
Saronwiyo has served on many fronts in the past, notable of which are: Teacher at Ascension High School, Eleme (1971 to 1972), Administrative/ Sales Manager of Khana Sons Ltd (1976 -1977); Head of Commercial Sales Department of the Rivers State Newspaper Cooperation (1977); Member of the youth wing of the N.P.N (1982), Khana/ Oyigbo, Social Democratic Party (SDP) Chairman (1991), founding member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 1998. He is also a member of the Institute of Management Specialists – London (M.I.M.S), and the Institute of Journalists – London (M.I.O.J).
Born on January 25, 1950, Saronwiyo attended Khana County Council School graduating in 1963, Birabi Memorial Grammar School from where he graduated in 1971.
He attained an A’ Level in Constitutional Law from the prestigious Grange Park School, Watford before attending the Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts, London between 1972 and 1975. Not to leave any stone unturned in his quest for knowledge, he went to the University of Science and Technology to get his LLB in 1998. His other academic achievements include a BL from the Nigerian Law School (Abuja).
He is a one time Chairman of the Customary Court, Babbe, Rivers State, a position he held from 2009 to 2012.