Bayelsa Gov. Urges INEC To Adopt Electronic Voting For Rancour Free Election

Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has said the hitch-free conduct of the recent Ijaw National Congress (INC) election indicated that Nigeria can hold rancour-free national elections.

Diri stated this on Friday during the inauguration of the new INC leadership at the Ijaw House in Yenagoa.

He urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to adopt electronic voting to avoid conflicts during elections.

A statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Daniel Alabrah, noted that the failure of the country’s electoral body to adopt e-voting has led to politicisation of revered state institutions and disrespect to such institutions.

The governor also said that the adoption of e-voting would provide an opportunity for Nigerians in the Diaspora to choose their leaders through the ballot.

His words: “I am an advocate and supporter of electronic voting system. Many Nigerians have been denied the right to vote because they are not in Nigeria and cannot participate in choosing their leaders.

“It is a challenge to Nigeria. Let the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) be challenged. If the Ijaws can do it, the Federal Government can also do it.

“If Ijaws can enfranchise Ijaws in Europe and America to be part of deciding who leads them, INEC can equally do it. It will check violence, criminality and state institutions being politicised.”

Giving his charge to the new executive council of the apex Ijaw socio-cultural body, the governor stressed the need for the body to advance the cause of Ijaws to achieve equity and fairness in Nigeria.

In his inaugural address, the new INC President, Professor Benjamin Okaba, assured that the body would work for the progress of the Ijaw people.

Prof. Okaba also said  the INC fully supported the recent pronouncement by governors of southern Nigeria prohibiting open grazing in the region, saying the organisation would provide the necessary support to ensure adherence to laws aimed at protecting the people and their land against invasion from external forces.

Okaba, who stated that INC would collaborate with other ethnic minorities that share the same experiences with the Ijaws to achieve their dreams, said the ethnic group was aware of surreptitious moves by some groups to annex territories in the Niger Delta because of its resources, but that no part of Ijaw would be ceded or conquered.

“The INC wishes to use this special occasion to and in an unequivocal term remind and warn such characters that the Ijaw territory was never and will never be ceded or conquered. We belong only to the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Should there be a compelling necessity to pull out of the present Nigeria, we shall go our separate ways in fulfilment of the dreams of our ancestors,” he said.

Adopt New Approach To Agitation, Amnesty Boss Charges N’Delta Youths

Meanwhile, the  lnterim Administrator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Col. Miland Dikio (rtd) has charged youths of the Niger Delta to deploy civilized approach in the course of their agitation for development of the oil rich region.

The Amnesty boss gave the advice while speaking to Journalists during the inauguration of the 8th executive council of the ljaw National Congress (INC) at the ljaw House in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa state capital.

Stating that agitation for one’s fundamental rights was normal, Dikio urged the aggrieved people of the Niger Delta, especially the youths, to use modern means to go about it so they could attract federal government’s attention instead of doing it the other way around.

“My advice to all of you is that we should and must adopt a new approach to advocacy. By that approach, l mean promoting excellence.

“We live in a federation of so many moving parts. So, it behooves on us to strategize by networking and forming partnerships across the various ethnic nationalities,” he said.

The Amnesty helmsman, while felicitating with the newly inaugurated INC executives, promised to lend his support in advancing the interest of the Ijaw Nation worldwide.

The INC inauguration event had the Governor of Bayelsa state, Senator Douye Diri, Deputy Governor of Delta state, Barr. Kingsley Otuaro, traditional rulers and other eminent sons of the ljaw Nation and other ethnic nationalities in attendance.

High point of the ceremony was the presentation of insignia to all the inaugurated national officers , which is the symbol of authority .

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