Succession crisis hits Bayelsa Ijaw Youth Council


The Ijaw Youths Council’ (IYC) in Bayelsa Central zone is currently locked in a leadership crisis over who succeeds the association’s chairman, Tare Porri, who has now been  elected into the State House of Assembly representing Ekeremor Constituency 2.

The battle, which had stirred tension among the youths, was due to the non-availability of a succession plan.

The Elders’ Advisory Council under the Chairmanship of Mike Wenobowei, had set up a 10-man committee headed by Elder Warri Welman, to shop for a credible replacement for Porri from his zone of Sagbama/Ekeremor axis to complete the remaining months of his tenure.

Speaking on Monday in Yenagoa, while submitting the seven-page report,  Ombu, disclosed that the committee consulted widely after which htree candidates, namely Comrade Ebilade Ekerefe, Miss Emi Egbe and Thomas Tenkiri emerged.

“Following the records process, Comrade Thomas Tenkiri emerged as a worthy successor ” he added.

The Committee, in its report, made available to newsmen, also recommended that “the outgoing Chairman be honoured with a comprehensive send-forth programme and be properly consulted towards a successful exit and handover on or before 19th of April, 2019.”

Receiving the document from the Committee,  Kenibowei, dismissed the claims of complicity against the Council, and said the Committee was allowed to reach out to all concerned, including Him. Tari Porri, and the  State governor, Hon.Seriake Dickson.

He said: “The decision to intervene on issue of succession was done in good faith and to save IYC Central Zone. ”

Some factions of the IYC central Zone had  claimed that the Vice-Chairman of the council, Amiebi Turner, was scheming to take over from Porri, who had insisted that he was not under any constitutional obligation to resign his appointment.

Wenibowei, was also accused of working with Turner to undermine the interest of Porri.

Porri in response dissolved the advisory council and removed Wenibowei from his position saying that the elder stepped beyond his bounds.

Porri said the chairmanship was zoned to the western part of the state adding that if he decided to resign voluntarily someone from the west would take over from him and complete his tenure.

He insisted that Turner, who hails from Ogbia, the eastern part of the state, was not qualified to replace him in the spirits of the zoning arrangement.

He expressed disappointment at Wenibowei for trying to sow a seed of discord in the council saying that his tenure would elapse in 2020

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