THE traditional ruler of Kabowei kingdom in Delta State , HisÂ Â Majesty, Major L. M. Erebulu (rtd) says he has not endorsedÂ any aspirant for any elective position in the kingdom.
The former governor of Bayelsa state, Chief Diepreye Alamieyeseigha recently moved a motion for the endorsement
and affirmation of the national president of the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), Dr. Chris Ekiyor as the consensus candidate of the Kabowei people for the Patani/Bomadi Federal Constituency in next yearâ€™s House of Representatives elections.
But reacting to media report on the proclamation, the palace in a statement signed by secretary to the Kabowei Traditional Council of Chiefs, Chief Rowland Biu, said,Â Â â€œThe Pere wishes to state categorically for the avoidance of doubt, that at no time did he make any statement endorsing any aspirant to any elective office, let alone a public presentation of any aspirant or candidate for next yearâ€™s general election.”
â€œAs a lover of peace,Â the Pere was glad that his subject, a worthy son of his kingdom, Dr. Chris Ekiyor deserved recognition for his contribution to the peace process in the Niger Delta as President of the Ijaw Youth Council and decided to organize a reception to honour him.
â€œThe decision to honour Dr. Chris Ekiyor thus had nothing to do with politics; hence the impression created in the publication is very wrong and misleading.
â€œDr. Chris Ekiyor as a worthy son of my kingdom is qualified to contest any elective office and can be voted into such office by the people but a decision to honour him for his good works by me cannot and should not be construed as an endorsement for such political office.â€