Prominent Ijaw leaders including Chief Edwin Clark, a former Minister of Police Affairs, Broderick Bozimo and Bayelsa State Commissioner for Culture and Ijaw National Affairs, Dr. Felix Tuodolor, have urged President Goodluck Jonathan to contest the 2015 presidential election.
The Ijaw leaders spoke in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State capital, during the sixth Ijaw Youth Council Inauguration.
Mr. Udengs Eradiri was inaugurated as the newly-elected President of IYC (Worldwide).
At the ceremony were Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Affairs, Mr. Kingsley Kuku; aides of Bayelsa State governor; former IYC contenders and scores of Niger Delta ex-agitators.
Clark urged Ijaw people to unite to be able to galvanise support for Jonathan in his re-election bid.
“We all know that these are indeed trying times for the Ijaw nation and IYC constitutes the foot soldiers of the Ijaw. There is a need for unity among us to be able to rally support for our son, President Goodluck Jonathan, in his 2015 re-election bid.
“I am happy the Ijaw youths have closed ranks and put all their differences behind them. I am happy that Eradiri said the struggle for Ijaw unity would be taken to an intellectual level through capacity building for the youth.”
Speaking in his personal capacity, Bozimo said the entire Ijaw people were committed to the Jonathan 2015 project.
Bozimo, who urged the President to contest again in 2015, expressed optimism that Jonathan would win by a landslide.
“We are totally committed to the Jonathan project. All of us in Ijaw land are with Jonathan. We are urging him to contest and it has to be done peacefully because he is going to win,” Bozimo stated.
In his goodwill message, Kuku congratulated the new leadership of IYC and called on the people of Ijaw to unite for peace, progress and development of the nation.
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