*Why Buhari should revisit EDP appointment —Itsekiri group
By Emma Amaize & Egufe Yafugborhi
WARRI—ITSEKIRI’S opposition to the choice of Adjogbe Ajenakevwe, one of Delta State’s nominees for the board of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, took a confrontational dimension, yesterday, as youths besieged the Warri home of Justin Rewane.
The angry Itsekiri youths and women in their hundreds occupied the Warri GRA home of Rewane, an Itsekiri opinion leader, following an advertorial in which he and two others expressed perceived anti-Itsekiri views on the contentious nomination of Ajenakevwe by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Keka Erefoluwa, President, Itsekiri Patriotic Alliance, IPA, in support of the protest said: “Justin is not fighting for the All Progressives Congress, APC, neither is he fighting for his native Itsekiri in the inciting position they expressed in the papers.
“I was with him, yesterday and he said he was going to fight the Itsekiri’s opposition. I have him on record.”
The Itsekiri caucus of Delta APC is contending that Tuoyo Omatsuli’s tenure as ED, Projects, NDDC, the office for which Ajenakevwe has been nominated was not completed before he was displaced and that even if Omatsuli can’t be returned, another Itsekiri man, as against Ajenakevwe (Urhobo) should occupy the office.
Erefoluwa added that “Those in protest are not even fighting for Omatsuli. We are saying Itsekiri be allowed to occupy the office for our tenure to be completed.”
Meanwhile, Itsekiri Patriotic Alliance, IPA, in Warri, Delta State, has called on Buhari to re-examine the nomination of Ajenakevwe as EDP, in the proposed NDDC Board in the interest of justice and fairness and to create a sense of belonging for the Itsekiri ethnic group.
The group in a statement by its president, Erefoluwa Keka, said: “The entire Itsekiri nation, particularly those of us who are committed members of the APC are disappointed and piqued to say the least at the names sent to the Senate for ratification as members of the proposed board of NDDC.”
It alleged that a chieftain of the party in the state hoodwinked a Minister from the Niger Delta region into “illegitimately forwarding to the President the name of Ajenakevwe, an Urhobo from the state to occupy an Urhobo from Delta State to occupy the position of Executive Director In-Charge of Projects, EDP in the proposed Board.”