Remain United After Ijaw Youth Council Election, NDC Urges Aspirants

As the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) prepares to elect a new set of leaders, the Niger Delta Congress (NDC) says it is important the aspirants remain united to champion the cause of the region after  the announcement of results.

In a statement released on Sunday by the acting spokesperson, Adokiye Oyagiri, the group emphasised that the IYC was important to the Ijaw people.

“The Niger Delta Congress is aware of the forthcoming elections of the Ijaw Youth Council to be held on the 10th and 11th July, 2020 at Oporoza, Gbaramatu Kingdom, Delta State. 

“The NDC wishes to remind delegates at the election of the importance of the IYC to the struggle of the Niger Delta peoples and the need to elect an executive committed for the actualisation of the hopes of the Ijaws and other peoples of the region.

“The Niger Delta Congress uses this medium to wish the Ijaw Youth Council a successful Election and charges aspirants to remain united after the elections,” he said.

Oyagiri added that the NDC looked forward to working with the new executives in addressing the agitations of the Niger Delta people for “economic and environmental justice in the shortest possible time”.

The youth council is a civil rights organisation founded in December, 1998, to represent the interests of the Ijaw people of the Niger Delta region. Its election is conducted every three years.

According to the electoral committee, “The elections will be conducted with 110 delegates in a 5,000 capacity pavilion with strict observance of the state Government and NCDC safety guidelines on Covid-19.”

The committee Chairman, Bekewei Ajuwa, gave an assurance in June that the team would conduct  free and fair elections.

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