By Victor Ahiuma-Young
AHEAD of the 2011 elections, Ijaw leaders in the Niger Delta States have expressed concern over the political developments in Bayelsa State, President Jonathan’s home state, Delta and River States over alleged moves to deliberately deny the Ijaws the opportunity to be at the helm of affairs through unethical political manipulation in the name of support for President Jonathan’s 2011 ambition
Specifically, the concerned Ijaw leaders under the auspices of Ijaw National Vanguard, alleged clandestine moves and manipulations to stop Governor Timipre Sylua’s second term bid and halt plans by Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan from returning to the Delta Government House in Asaba. They called on President Jonathan to back the duo.
The group in a petition to President Jonathan by Romeo Ebikewenemor and Ebizimor Nato Amada for Bayelsa State; Cletus Arerebo and Hendrick Opukeme for Delta State; Innocent Iboroma and Pascal Warlkoke for Rivers State and Lucky Aku and Benjamin Oweifa for Edo State, decried as worrisome the attitude of President Jonathan to the re-election bid of Governor Silva while allegedly anointing and endorsing others for the 2011 elections.