The Ijaw Youth Council, IYC, WorldWide led by Barr. Oweilaemi Rolland Pereotubor on Wednesday, January 24 dissociated itself from the purported endorsements of President Muhammadu Buhari for a second term by its Abuja chapter. In a statement signed by Barr. Oweilaemi Rolland Pereotubor, the IYC said the purported endorsement by the Abuja chapter did not reflect the views of the Ijaw nation over 2019 elections. “IYC or the Ijaw nation have not taken any decision on whom to endorse for the 2019 Presidential race,” It said.
The IYC stated that the Abuja chapter does not have the mandate, consent and authority of the national body and indeed the Ijaw nation to take such rash decision. It noted that,”The Ijaw nation will definitely take position on 2019 but such can only be a product of wide consultations.
“The interest of the IYC is for the Ijaw nation and thus, our interest in 2019 can only be considered based on the collective wishes of Ijaw people.” “As a President whose primary interest is for the Ijaw man, the National body has already scheduled a meeting with the Abuja Chapter today for the latter to review its spur-of-the-moment endorsement of the ruling Government.”
It appealed to its teaming supporters and those who may have been injured by the unauthorised endorsement to maintain calm, while they tackle the Abuja chapter for the purpose of correcting the political miscalculation.