The Leadership of the Ijaw Youths Council (IYC) in Southern-Ijaw LGA of Bayelsa State, has refuted reports making rounds of a purported endorsement on Bayelsa speaker and PDP candidate for Southern-Ijaw federal constituency, Rt. Hon. Friday Konbowei Benson.
The body in a press statement jointly signed by it’s chairman, Comr. Abule Titus and other well meaning stakeholders, noted that: “The general public should forthwith disregard the purported ,concocted radio announcement credited to Hon konbowei Benson Friday, that the IYC clan chairmen forum had endorsed the speaker of Bayelsa state house assembly to represent the fabulous characters of southern ijaw Federal constituency in the green chambers, we hereby the following”.
The statement further said that it remains a pressure group and are apolitical in all issues.
Parts of their statements reads as follows;
” 1 The IYC is a pressure group and remains apolitical but even if ,we want to endorse an house reps candidate, we know who we will endorse having carefully studied the candidates floated by each political party by giving recourse to the general interest.
” 2_Let it be known to the general public that Hon konbowei Benson only invited the IYC clan chairmen forum SILGA for a meeting and sought for possible support and not an endorsement bargain as announced.
” 3_As leaders we frown and outlined the above obvious in the meeting, why the Yenagoa, Oporoma and Ukubie road has not been included in the yearly budget under his watch as the Hon speaker for the past seven years, whereas the Sagbama and Ekeremor road is near completion. Finally, therefore, it bits our imagination for the purported endorsement. We the IYC clan chairmen and critical stakeholders condemn in its entirety the said purported factious news. We humbly plead with all ijaw youths from southern ijaw to vote for credibility, competency and visionary leaders that will create job opportunities for our teeming youths, create empowerment programmes for women and youths, payment of scholarship for our students and operate open door policies.
“In the light of the above, the body dissociate self from such fallacious, ill intended and politically motivated endorsement as it is capable of causing mayhem and disunity amongst the youths of the LGA and the body further exhort youths not to be used as political stooges for selfish politicians that it is time for youths to be progressive in the mind.
Chairman silga IYC
Elder Rawlings Ezetu
For the iyc chairmen forum
For the stakeholders”.