The Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) Worldwide has refuted media reports that Ijaws in Rivers State have endorsed the Governor of Rivers State, Barr Nyesom Wike for second term.
A statement signed by the Spokesman of the IYC, Daniel Dasimaka stated that at no time did the Ijaws in Rivers State meet to discuss and decide the endorsement of any Politician. Thus the report that Ijaws in Rivers State have endorsed Governor Wike is wrong and misleading.
According to Dasimaka “For the sake of absolute clarity let it be stated that the IYC, whose Boro Day procession is said to be the occasion where the Governor was endorsed is not a Political group and therefore could not have endorsed anyone for the 2019 Governorship election in Rivers State. So the personal endorsement of the Governor by our elder should not and must not be construed and announced as the views of the generality of Ijaws in Rivers State which the IYC Eastern Zone represents. Therefore the said endorsement is the personal endorsement of the leader mentioned in the report. As eminent Ijaws they have every right to endorse anyone they deem fit but that is in their private capacity and not in the name of Ijaws in Rivers State, IYC or the Ijaw National Congress (INC). For the records only the National Spokesman of the IYC or INC could make a definitive declaration on behalf of the Ijaw nation after due consultations from every quotas.
The statement said although the IYC recognises the strides of Governor Wike, the umbrella body of Ijaw youths is not a political organisation that could endorse .
The IYC thanked the Governor for his warm reception of the Boro Day Procession party and for his promise to remain steadfast in the protection of the interests of the people of Rivers State and the Niger Delta.Do you ever witness anything interesting or exciting? Just take out your phone and send us the exclusive pictures or video and we will pay you cash. E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include location, date, involved persons or why it is important and other details.