Governor Seriake Henry Dickson
The founding Secretary, Ijaw National Council (INC), Pastor P.Z. Aginighan, has called for a peaceful conduct of the forthcoming election of executives of the council.
In a statement issued weekend, Aginighan said: “ As the stage is now set for a new Executive Council to be elected to run the affairs of the Ijaw National Congress, I take the liberty to ventilate my thoughts on the process of conducting free, fair and credible elections.
“ I commend the Conference of Ijaw Traditional Rulers and Elders on the appointment of an Electoral Committee under the chairmanship of Alaowei Broderick Bozimo, a founding member and one-time Western Zonal Chairman of the INC. I express confidence in the capacity of the Broderick Bozimo-led Electoral Committee to provide a level playing field for all aspirants.
“ In the light of the above, I strongly appeal to all patriotic Ijaw sons and daughters who satisfy the requirements set by the constitution of the INC to take advantage of this golden opportunity to contest for the various positions in the INC Executive Council.
“While I reiterate my earlier commendation of the nationalist stride of Governor Seriake Henry Dickson of Bayelsa State in creating a Ministry of Culture and Ijaw National Affairs and providing a Secretariat for the Ijaw National Congress, it is my strong counsel that the Government of Bayelsa State should resist pressures from any quarter to influence the outcome of the forthcoming INC elections.”
Aginighan maintained that “ At this stage of our history, the Ijaw Nation is in dire need of a strong, virile, vibrant and courageous INC whose leadership cannot be dwarfed by the leadership of other ethnic nationality organisations.”
“ We need an INC executive that can question anyone in authority on matters that affect the strategic interest of the Ijaw nation.”