Bayelsa, Niger Delta

Bayelsa Guber: Ijaw Elders’ Forum Sues For Peace


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By Temitope Ogunbanke

In furtherance of its sustained campaign for a violence-free poll ahead of the November 16 governorship election in Bayesa State, Ijaw Elders’ Forum (IEF), Lagos State chapter, in conjunction with other collaborating groups would hold a conference on Wednesday in Yenagoa, to sensitise the people on the need for a peaceful, credible and fair election.

The forum in a statement issued by its Secretary, Efiye Bribena, said the aim of the workshop with the theme; “Peaceful and Credible Governorship Election and Good Governance: Building Consensus through Ijaw charter and Ijaw nation code of Ethics, Leadership and Governance,” was to ensure that prospective aspirants play by the rules of the game to avoid blood shedding.

“As part of our efforts to achieve the set objectives of violence-free, credible and transparent leadership selection process in the forthcoming governorship election in Bayelsa State, the collaborating groups in partnership with the international community and civil society organisations have scheduled a conference with major stakeholders on Wednesday, July 31, 2019, in Yenagoa, to strategise and agree on ways to actualise a violence free, credible and transparent governorship election in the state,” Bribena stated.

He noted that the conference was a follow up to the earlier conference held in Yenagoa on May 22, which had in attendance eminent key stakeholders, including former President Goodluck Jonathan, Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State, Gboribiogha John Jonah, where all ‘participants unanimously condemned the use of violence and shedding of blood during elections.’

According to him, stakeholders expected at the conference include the leadership of major political parties, traditional rulers, elders/ leaders, governorship aspirants, civil society organisations, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), security agencies, among others.

Source; New Telegraph