By Jimitota Onoyume
BENINâ€”THE Benin Youth Council (BYC), an umbrella body of all Benin youths, has declared that Binis would resist any attempt by President Umaru Yarâ€™Adua to appoint an unqualified person from the state into the Board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
In a letter addressed to President Yarâ€™Adua, signed by the National Coordinator of the BYC, Mr. John Aghasagbon, and Comrade Williams Okpame, the group stated that though the present nominee of the President in the state, Mr. Jude Idehen, is a Benin son, youths rejected his nomination based on his integrity.
The youths, who were reacting to a publication by Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) in Vanguard that it had affirmed Idehenâ€™s nomination, distanced Bini youths from the publication, asserting that as â€œfar as the exalted office of the representative of Niger Delta Development Commission is concerned, no strangers or visitors either based in Edo or Ondo State can decide for the Binis.
â€œIt is on this score that we formally resolved to disown Hon. Ise Idehen and the publication.Â This is against the wishes and aspirations of Edo South people, including our elders.Â It is a known fact that Edo people do not endorse candidates for Deltans, Bayelsans, Yoruba or any other parts of Nigeria.
â€œIt is, therefore, tantamount to a wicked and selfish agenda to start encouraging ethnic rivalry over an office that questions his credentials and ability.â€
The group argued that â€œ it is that bad that ethnic nationality group like the Benin Youth Council will not be consulted by agents of the state or the government itself on such a very sensitive office like that of the NDDC which is very crucial to the lives of our groaning oil producing communities.
â€œWe, therefore, appeal to Mr. President to immediately and unconditionally withdraw Hon. Jude Ise- idehenâ€™s nomination without further delay.
â€œWe also call on our dear Senator Ehigie Uzamere to disown this nominee for his ethnic-rivalry disposition as he has failed to show sound traits of political responsibility which is anchored on consultative governance and constructive dialogueâ€ it stated.