Ijaw Youths Stakeholder have yesterday dissociate the umbrella body Known as the Ijaw Youths Council from the alleged endorsement of the Bayelsa Speaker, Hon. Kombowei Benson for the Federal House of Representatives for 2019.
According to the Ijaw Youths Stakeholder under the IYC Clan Chairmen,though the Ijaw Youths were invited for a meeting with the Bayelsa Speaker, the meeting was not an endorsement of Hon konbowei Benson for the House of Representative race for the Southern Ijaw Constituency.
The Ijaw Youths Council Chairmen, in a statement issued yesterday in Yenagoa, stated that the IYC is a pressure group and remains apolitical, “but even if ,we want to endorse an house reps candidate, we know who we will endorse having carefully studied the candidates floated by each political party by giving recourse to the general interest.”
The statement, which was signed by the Chairman (Southern Ijaw IYC), Comrade Abule Titus, the Secetary, Comrade Bestman Anki , the Convener IYC Chairmen Forum, Elder Rawlings Ezetu and representative of the Stakeholder, Korubo Kockman,stated that “Let it be known to the general public that Hon konbowei Benson only invited the IYC clan chairmen forum SILGA for a meeting and sought for possible support and not an endorsement bargain as announced.”
“As leaders we frown and outlined the above obvious in the meeting, why the Yenagoa, Oporoma and Ukubie road has not been included in the yearly budget under his watch as the Hon speaker for the past seven years, whereas the Sagbama and Ekeremor road is near completion. Finally, therefore, it bits our imagination for the purported endorsement.”
“We the IYC clan chairmen and critical stakeholders condemn in its entirety the said purported factious news. We humbly plead with all ijaw youths from southern ijaw to vote for credibility, competency and visionary leaders that will create job opportunities for our teeming youths, create empowerment programmes for women and youths, payment of scholarship for our students and operate open door policies.”
“In the light of the above, the body dissociate self from such fallacious, ill intended and politically motivated endorsement as it is capable of causing mayhem and disunity amongst the youths of the LGA and the body further exhort youths not to be used as political stooges for selfish politicians that it is time for youths to be progressive in the mind.