As Ijaw group wants his immediate replacement before he plunges IYC to something else
Uncovers plan to further postpone IYC election
By Binebai Princewill
Chairman of the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) Worldwide 2020 Electoral Committee, Barr. Ajuwa Bekewei is under fire over over alleged incompetence to conduct a credible election for Ijaw Youths.
This was made known to newsmen in Warri yesterday by Comr. Oyinbi Onduku, national president Concerned Citizens for Izon-ebe Development (CCFID), a copy of which was sent to The Liberator Newspaper.
The Ijaw group particularly called on prominent Ijaw leaders to immediately swinge into action by replacing Barr. Bekewei Ajuwa with a more reliable and competent son of Ijaw nation.
The group had also hinted Ijaw Youths that there are ongoing plans by Bekewei Ajuwa to further postpone the IYC election slated to commence on the 18th and 19th of July 2020 in Oporoza, traditional headquarters of Gbaramatu Kingdom, Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta State.
The statement maintained that for Bekewei to be postponing IYC Elections every now and then, thereby making candidates to be spending more and holding the entire Ijaw nation to ransom has exposed his incompetence to conduct a free, fair and credible election hence should be replaced with immediate effect.
Onduku noted that the Ijaw nation is truly in for the worse with Bekewei Ajuwa as Chairman of the 2020 Electoral Committee of IYC, stressing that up till now, the Eleco is yet to publish delegate list and publishing of all the candidates vying for the various positions, this he has continued to ignore despite calls from Ijaw sons.
The group noted that Mr. Bekeowei is strange to the activities of ljaw youth council, stressing that he lacks the experience and capacity to address issues amicably, as well as to protect ljaw interest with regards to the election.
The group said Bekeowei has compromised his integrity to some powers in order to truncate the sacrifices and progresses made so far by some patriotic ljaw youth leaders to unite Council.
According to the group President, Comrade Oyinbi Onduku said: ” l want to first appreciate Barr. Oweilaemi Pereotubo, Barr. Eric Omare and other notable ljaw leaders for their sacrifices to harmonize and resolve lYC factional crisis.
“The current ELECO Chairman and the Committee members are expected to widely consult past leaders of Council in order to know the modus operandi of the system before fixing election date.
” It is outright disgrace that, two days to election, Bekewei led ELECO Committee could not resolve delegate issues despite raises of alarm by aggrieved persons from various clans.
“The same Ajuwa refuses to make public the authentic delegate list for aspirants in order to save them from unnecessary spending, as well as to identify with the authentic delegates before the eve to the election.
“As result of that, many aspirants where defrauded of their scarce resources by fraudulent persons in the name of claiming lYC delegate.”
Onduku reiterated that a competent ELECO Chairman is expected to source for fund and put every logistics in place before the eve to the election, but unfortunately the reverse is the case for Bekewei Ajuwa.
“In the area of media coverage, Bekewei engages foreign media houses to cover the forthcoming election, but deliberately sidelined ljaw media organizations of their right to cover their own election.
“Finally, lt is obvious that Ajuwa is unpatriotic and strange to the happenings in ljaw Nation.” Oyinbi noted.
He noted that if Ajuwa cannot feel the positive impacts made so far by the ljaw media organizations to the ljaw course over the years, meaning he is sleeping and not conversant on ljaw matters for a very long time.
“Therefore, it signifies that, Bekewei is alien to the ljaw course, hence his immediate replacement is necessary since he cannot protect ljaw interest in the forthcoming IYC election, Comr. Onduku stated.”