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Bayelsa PDP guber primaries: Steer clear of Bayelsa politics, Ijaw youths warn Wike

Gov. Nyesom Wike

Ijaw Youths under the auspices of Defender of Izon Nation (DIN)  on Sunday urged the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to jettison the idea of using Gov. Nyesom Wike to conduct Bayelsa guber primaries.

The DIN, an Ijaw pressure group comprising militants and non militants known in the creeks as Mangroove Boys in a statement issued in Yenagoa  said it will resist Wike as returning officer of the Sept 3 primaries of the PDP.

In the statement signed by Omuwari Godspower, Spokesperson of the group, DIN said that the participation of Rivers Governor in the primaries would lead to unpleasant consequences as Ijaws are aggrieved with Wike’s neglect of Ijaws in Rivers.

DIN alleged that Wike has been oppressing the Ijaws in Rivers since he came into power, that  Ijaw sons and daughters have been denied juicy appointments and portfolio to enable them empower their followers and supporters.

DIN said that Wike denied Ijaw people who sacrificed their resources, time, intellect and and lives for his first election and second tenure reelection of  infrastructural developments.

They claimed that no meaningful  projects were sited in the Riverine Communities in the state where Ijaws predominantly reside.

 The youth group stressed that Wike, who marginalized Ijaws as minorities should not preside over their affairs in a state like Bayelsa where Ijaws are in the majority.

“Ijaw People have suffered greatly under Gov. Wike’s administration, hence, such a fellow cannot be a credible umpire.

“What the people of Bayelsa and Ijaw want is a level playing field for all aspirants who seek to govern the state in all the political parties to test their popularity in a conducive atmosphere.

“This is not limited to the Peoples Democratic Party alone, All Progressives Congress, Labour Party and other political parties as well should conduct credible primaries.

Recall in 2015 APC Primaries when a candidate was perceived to have the nod of the party’s National Executives, the will of the people prevailed. Politics should be grassroots focused or local not based on national connection, they said.

“We Ijaws cannot afford to continue in our mistakes. We reiterate that internal democracy is a core prerequisite to a non violent, free, fair and credible general elections.

“We equally enjoin political players and actors to play clean and in accordance with INEC rules and regulations in the upcoming Nov, 16 elections.

“We wish to state categorically that the Mangrove Boys will disrupt the primaries if Wike is not removed and if the primaries is held anywhere outside Yenagoa.

“Also any candidate that emerges under such questionable process will be resisted by Bayelsa people.

“It is public knowledge that Gov. Wike has anointed a candidate and as such cannot be fair to others. Let’s not cause chaotic climate when it can be avoided,” DIN stated.

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