WARRI — THE crisis rocking the Ijaw Youth Council, IYC, took a dramatic turn with one person feared dead following gunshot wounds he allegedly sustained during the constitution amendment convention held in Bayelsa State, last week.
Mr. Edolo Okubo from Tarakiri clan in Sagbama council area of the state, was allegedly severely wounded when security personnel accompanying the Special Assistant to the President, allegedly fired gunshots at the convention venue and disrupted the event.
In a statement by the Ijaw Transformation Group, ITG, signed by Comrades Demebide Pele and Abulu Graham in Warri, Delta State, yesterday, they alleged that the presidential aide came to the venue of the convention with youths chanting war songs with the sole purpose of disrupting the meeting last Saturday.
According to the statement, confusion started when Alabo Negi James raised a belated objection that led to severe argument wherein the special assistant forcefully snatched the microphone from Dr. Felix Tuodolor, pioneer IYC president and Commissioner for Ijaw National Affairs representing the Governor of Bayelsa State who was presiding at the convention and moved for the adjournment of the constitution amendment process.
The motion was quickly overruled by Dr. Felix Tuodolor and the special adviser felt slighted and walked out with his boys.
The ITG, therefore, warned that the office of the IYC president must be respected and kept sacrosanct by all no matter his/her position, just as nobody should arrogate the powers and functions of the IYC president no matter how highly placed.
The statement further stated that any meeting summoned without appropriate authorization is a nullity, saying that the pioneer president, in consultation with president of council can summon IYC elders Council meeting.