A pressure group, under the branding of Niger Delta Creek Movement, NDCM, has backed call by its counterpart group, the Ijaw People’s Development Initiative, IPDI, for an appointment of Ijaw as Commissioner in Edo state.
The group, said it was against the principles of all fairness that Ijaws were deprived in the recent appointment of Commissioners in the state by Governor of Edo state, His Excellency Godwin Obaseki.
This was contained in a statement signed by its national president Comrade Timipre Ndoni on Monday.
The statement reads: “As a group and associates, we call on the Governor of Edo state to be fair in his appointments to bring justice in his political administration.
“NDCM strongly back the Ijaw People’s Development Initiative (IPDI) which on the 7th of October, 2021 defaulted the Governor of Edo state who happily deprived the Ijaw speaking people of Edo state on his Commissioner appointments by collaberating with the Oba Of Benni.
“It’s so barbaric that despite Ijaw sons were the ones who stood firm to deliver his second tenure in office, the likes of Comr Daniel Pere Ezikiel and others who do their best to support and reaffirm his successful re-election as the Governor of Edo state.
“To be honest, Ijaws in Edo are the major oil and gas producers in the state, but are deprived of sensitive appointments and infrastructures in the state.
“It is provocative that the contributors of the state revenue are always sidelined in terms of appointment and infrastructures in the state.
“It is a fact that we’ll not take it lightly with Governor Obaseki, if he fails to include Ijaws in his Commissioner appointment.
“Niger Delta Creek Movement as a group also partook and contribute earnestly to reelection Obaseki, we successfully delivered him in his second tenure, and it is our priority to call on him to stand by his campaign promises by doing the needful to restore peace in the state.
The group, however, called on Governor Obaseki to begin a process of appointing an Ijaw Commissioner and other key positions in the state without further delay.