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Aspirants woo Dickson, Ijaw leaders over IYC election

By Samuel Oyadongha
Yenagoa— Facts emerged, Wednesday, that no fewer than 60 aspirants have sought the support of Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State, and other prominent Ijaw leaders  ahead of the August 10 National Convention of the Ijaw Youth Council, IYC, worldwide slated for Yenagoa.

Out of the aspirants, 12 had signified their intention to contest the position of President of IYC, which was zoned to the Central Zone of Ijaw nation (Bayelsa State).

Among those identified as leading aspirants include the former IYC National Secretary General, Udens Eradiri, the former Chairman of the Central Zone, Jonathan Lokpobiri.

Most of the presidential aspirants it was learnt had embarked on aggressive lobbying to convince the Bayelsa State governor and other Ijaw leaders of their sincerity and determination to work for the Ijaw nation and aspirations of President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015.

Ijaw elders from the central zone, it will be recalled met weekend in Yenagoa and  resolved to lead a delegation to meet with  other nationalities in the country to ensure a safer and more acceptable decision for the re-election of President Jonathan.

The choice of who emerges as the President of the youth body, it was learnt is of importance to the Ijaw given the crisis of confidence that characterized the leadership of the outgoing executive of IYC.

The Ann Kio Briggs and Akpos Mezeh led 2013 Electoral Committee for the IYC convention, which is the recognised ELECO by the clan heads, zonal chairmen and parliament of IYC in a statement, yesterday, released the guideline for the August 10 election and directed that due process would be followed in all events leading to the election.

According to the statement, a stakeholder meeting held in Port Harcourt, Rivers State with representatives from the three zones of East, Central, West, Abuja and Lagos, three Zonal Chairmen of the INC and two aides to the Bayelsa Governor, Elder T K Ogoriba, and Dr. Felix Tuodolo in attendance have resolved and approved timetables, guidelines and programmes for the election.


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