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 Nyisom 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’s as returning officer of the Sept 3 primaries of the PDP.
In the statement signed by Omuwari Godspower, Spokesperson of the group, 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 was oppressing the Ijaws in Rivers since he came into power, 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 and second tenure reelections of infrastructural developments.
They claimed that no meaning projects was sited in the Riverine Communities in the state where Ijaws predominantly reside.
The youth group 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 administrations, hence, such a fellow cannot be a credible umpire.
“What the people of Bayelsa and Ijaw people 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 People 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 national connection.
“We Ijaws cannot afford to continue in our mistakes. While we reiterate that internal democracy is core prerequisite to a non violence, 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 clear 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 emerge 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 not cause chaotic climate when it can be avoided,” DIN stated.
Speaking at the event, Paramount Ruler of Angiama Community,King Prof. Millionaire Ambowei, advised the youths of Southern Ijaw to embrace education as key to building a brighter future.
Also speaking,Prof. Ambowei, the Non-Executive Commissioner of Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) South South, appealed to the youths to shun all forms of social vices rather engaged in meaningful ventures that will attract development to the area.
In his remark, the President of Federated Union of Southern Ijaw Students, Mr Wari Theophelus, stated that education has really changed the mindset of youths across the local government area and called for support from well meaning individuals and multinational oil companies operating in the region for scholarship.
He called on youths to shun all forms of violence as the Bayelsa state gubernatorial election draw closer.