Peace has finally returned to the crisis rocked Ijaw Youth Council, as ten out of the seventeen aggrieved Presidential candidates at the 2013 National Convention at the weekend in Yenagoa resolved to work with Comrade Udengs Eradiri led executive council.

The prominent Ijaw leader and Elder stateman, Chief Edwin Clark had in a statement?on Friday?called on the aggrieved parties to sheath the sword and allow the peace to reign, assuring that prominent Ijaw leaders are deliberating over the matter in Abuja.

Barely 24 hours after the statement was issued, ten out of the seventeen aggrieved members decided to toe the path of peace by aligning themselves with the Eradiri led Executive Council. By this act, they have dissociated themselves from the conduct of fresh election.

Addressing newsmen, ?the ten presidential candidates said their decision was borne out of their love for Ijaw nation, especially the love they have for highly reverred Ijaw leader, Chief Clark who took it upon himself to intervene in the matter.

Speaking on behalf of other candidates, Comrade Joshua Amangala said, though they had their misgivings about the election that brought about the present IYC executives, “I am happy and proud to announce that we have resolved our differences and have agreed to work together as a family.

This is as a result of the intervention of our father, Chief EK Clark who is the leader of the Ijaw nation and other prominent Ijaw leaders across the world that prevailed on us to see reason why we need to sheathe our sword and work closely with brother, Comrade Udengs Eradiri who is the president of the IYC to support and encourage him to steer the ship of the IYC to where we all dream of.

Moreover, we know Eradiri has the capacity and what it takes to lead the IYC that is why we are here to tell the world that we have resolved our differences and henceforth working together.”

Also speaking, Comrade Claudius Egba, said, “we have resolved that in view of our desire to put the Ijaw interest before our personal ambition, the election conducted on October 29, 2013 that brought about the emergence of Comrade Udengs Eradiri stands. We have all decided to throw our weight behind him and sustain the drive of our father, President Goodluck Jonathan if he so desires to contest the 2015 poll.

In his remarks, the IYC President, Comrade Udengs Eradiri, had expressed gratitude to the aggrieved presidential candidates in the last convention for agreeing to work together with his executive in the interest of Ijaw nation.

He also apologized to all those he may have offended in the wake of the crisis that engulfed the council after the contentious?October 29national convention.

Ijaw national leader, ?Chief Clark, it was learnt had called on the affected parties to allow peace to reign, assuring that the issue will be resolved amicably.


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