Forum of founding members and elders of the Ijaw Youth Council IYC, has expressed concern over the emergence of factions in the IYC.
The forum which is made up of founding members, elders and past presidents including relevant stakeholders of the Ijaw Youth Council stated her concern in a communique released shortly after a meeting to review activities of the council.
The communique was issued by the pioneer president, Dr Felix Tuodolo, a former president, Chief Oyinfie Jonjon, Chairman Elders Council, Eastern Zone, Mr. Kalada Jene, former assistant secretary INC, Chief Dan Ekpebide, a former Secretary-General, Mr. Deo D. Kalsuo, Woman Mobilizer, Madam Elfrida Olungwe, former Director ICHR, Dr. Patterson Ogon, former Chairman Eastern Zone, Elder Athanecious Eneyo.
IYC founding members and elders accused the electoral committee saddled with the responsibility of conducting elections into various leadership positions of Council as the tenure of the current leadership runs out of been factionalised.
It expressed worry that, “the purported dissolution of Parliament by a faction as well as the impeachment of the President by another faction has brought the once virile and purposeful IYC to disrepute.”
The meeting which was held in Yenagoa, on Monday, resolved that all parties to the crisis tread carefully and restrain themselves from acts capable of deepening what it described as the unfortunate development.
The Forum also restated that while it is not in a position to take sides with any person or group of persons, it shall continue to support what was right and in the best interest of the Ijaw Nation.
It noted that even though it was aware of various allegations of misconduct, it would be improper to prejudge any of the parties without fair hearing. In the light of this, the Forum resolved as follows:
“1. That all parties (NEC, Parliament, and NECOM) involved in this avoidable crisis are hereby invited for a meeting / hearing on Friday 30th June 2023 by 10.00 am in Yenagoa.
“2. That all activities of Council by the National Executive Council as well as the Parliament are by this development suspended till the end of the intervention by this forum.
“3. That all activities relating to the conduct of the elections by the Electoral Committee (NECOM) are by this development suspended as we deepen our resolve to find a lasting solution to the crisis.
“We appreciate and anticipate your usual cooperation. Yours in the Interest of the Ijaw Nation.”