Chief Fred Obe, Grand Patron of apex Isoko youth body, Isoko National Youth Assembly, INYA, has warned politicians against the use of inciting statements that could lead to crisis in Isoko nation stressing that such utterances could derail the prevailing peace in the area.
He gave the charge at Ozoro during a parley with candidates contesting for various offices into the INYA executive with a warning on politicians to stay away and stop causing infraction into the electoral process.
It would be recalled that the election was postponed indefinitely due to internal crisis arising from counter accusations among the candidates contesting for various positions as well as the need to maintain social distancing in a bid to checkmate the spread of COVID-19 in the area.
Giving reasons for the postponing of the polls from the initial August 1 date, he hinted that an encompassing electoral committee will be constituted in line with the INYA constitution which will decide a new date for the election that will be holding sometime in September.
“The postponement of the election to another date was for the interest and benefit of contestants and stakeholders to be carried along in the process. This was not my decision alone as is being alleged by some persons. It was a collective decision to postpone it so that everyone involved would be accommodated.”
In their respective remarks on behalf of other candidates for the election, Amos Ogbokor-Etaluku and Ede Ewariezi, commended Chief Obe for the fatherly intervention towards ensuring that the election is conducted in line with the INYA constitution.
They said: “The meeting of today has clarified the uncertainty being nursed by some of us regarding the influence of external factors interfering in the election. We have been reassured by the board of trustees and national electoral council that the election will be free and fair and we are glad that all issues have been laid to rest with today’s meeting.”