We didn’t endorse Wike, says Rivers Ijaw`

The Ijaws in Rivers State under the auspices of the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) Worldwide at the weekend said there was no time they endorsed the second term ambition of Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike.

The IYC Spokesman, Daniel Dasimaka, in a statement said they never muted the idea of endorsing any politician ahead of the 2019 general election.

He said such endorsement was never part of discussions in any meeting involving stakeholders of Rivers Ijaw.

He said: “For the sake of absolute clarity let it be stated that the IYC, whose Boro Day procession is said to be the occasion where the governor was endorsed is not a political group and therefore could not have endorsed anyone for the 2019 governorship election in Rivers State.

“So the personal endorsement of the governor by our elder should not and must not be construed and announced as the views of the generality of Ijaws in Rivers State which the IYC Eastern Zone represents.

“Therefore, the said endorsement is the personal opinion of an individual. As eminent Ijaws, they have every right to endorse anyone they deem fit but that is in their private capacity and not in the name of Ijaws in Rivers State, IYC or the Ijaw National Congress (INC).

“For the records only the National Spokesman of the IYC or INC could make a definitive declaration on behalf of the Ijaw nation after due consultations from every quotas.”

Dasimaka said although the IYC recognised the strides of Wike, the umbrella body of Ijaw youths is not a political organisation to endorse candidates.

He thanked the governor for his warm reception of the Boro Day procession party his promise to remain steadfast in the protection of the interests of the people of Rivers State and the Niger Delta.