By Cletus Opukeme, Daily Editor
Ijaw National Congress (INC) Electoral Committee Chairman, Dr. Benedict Benibai has assured the Ijaw nation to produce the next President in a free, fair and credible election. He said everything will be put in place before the day to avoid similar shoddy security situation.
Dr. Beniba, Head of Department, HOD, Theater Arts, Niger Delta University, NDU, Wilberforce Island, Amassoma in Bayelsa State, spoke with Saturday Daily Watch on phone, said‘‘ INC electoral body under my leadership will put everything right to ensure a new leadership emerges on 20th July by the grace of God and support of my Ijaw nation.’’
Asked on challenges ahead, he said ‘‘ We are meeting next week Wednesday to deliberate with Ijaw leaders on strategic planning for way forward towards the success of the coming election. We will get it right this time. The strategic planning takes cognizance on major set backs of the last botched election. There will be no failure, I assure you. I am seeing a greater INC, a greater Ijaw nation to come on board under me as an umpire. All the presidential candidates are heavy weights and Ijaw nation will be proud with whoever person emerges.
‘‘INC is a family business and it should not be a do or die affair. We are all brothers. I appeal for the total cooperation of all Ijaws with the the members of the ELECO to achieve a greater result’’ he appealed.
Daily Watch went further to inquire on security preparation, he said ‘‘ Yes, I am aware security is a major challenge to us. But it will not be proper on my part to announce ELECO security preparation for the next election on the pages of newspapers. But I advise youths or anybody who has any business with the INC election should stay far away from the premises to avoid harassment by the security team” he warned.