By Samuel Oyadongha, Yenagoa
Bayelsa State government has defended the decision of the Ijaw National Congress (INC) to suspend the national election of the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) worldwide slated for yesterday (Saturday), saying it was in the best interest of the youth body and the entire Ijaw nation.
The parent body of the Ijaw youth body, the INC, had, on Wednesday, waded into the crisis rocking IYC and ordered the suspension of the poll following the emergence of two electoral committees for the election meant to usher in the sixth executive of the council.
Though no new date has been fixed for the contentious poll, the state government, through its Commissioner for Culture and Ijaw National Affairs, Dr. Felix Tuodolo, in a statement in Yenagoa, said the action of the the INC would create a peaceful atmosphere for free and fair election.
Tuodolo, a pioneer President of the troubled Ijaw youth body, dismissed the claim of alleged state government interference in the electoral process, declaring, “Government wishes to reiterate that it has no interest in the politics of the IYC neither is government interested in any particular aspirant.
“All aspirants are Ijaws; therefore, government wishes all of them the best in their aspirations to serve the Ijaw nation. However, government wishes to caution all aspirants not to play politics with the Ijaw struggle by politicising the IYC.”