Ijaw youths protest against law­maker’s sit-tight syn­drome

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - NEWS - From Julius Osa­hon, Ye­nagoa

IJAW youths at the week­end, protested against the sit-tight syn­drome of a law­maker rep­re­sent­ing Bo­madi/patani Fed­eral Con­stituency, Ni­cholas Mutu.

They ac­cused him of not ready to re­lin­quish power to other as­pi­rants, even though he has been in the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives for al­most 19 years.

The youths marched through some ma­jor streets, chant­ing sol­i­dar­ity songs, and pledged to vote him out be­cause he can­not be a ‘life rep­re­sen­ta­tive.’

They car­ried plac­ards with var­i­ous in­scrip­tions as: “Chil­dren born when you went to the House have grown up,” “This time, power must change hand,” “We are tired of sit-tight a rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Enough is enough.”

The protest came a day af­ter the pi­o­neer Pres­i­dent of the Ijaw Youth Coun­cil (IYC) World­wide and Spe­cial Ad­viser to Bayelsa State Gov­er­nor, Se­ri­ake Dick­son, Dr. Felix Tuodolo, de­clared to con­test in the con­stituency.

They ex­pressed con­cern that Mutu has been rep­re­sent­ing Bo­madi/patani Fed­eral Con­stituency with- out mak­ing use­ful con­tri­bu­tions.

Tuodolo, who wants to run un­der the plat­form of the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP), promised to un­seat Mutu in the 2019 elec­tion.

Chair­man, Bo­madi PDP, Prince Opofeni, com­mended Tuodolo for sig­ni­fy­ing his in­ten­tion to run, and promised a level-play­ing field for all as­pi­rants in the party.

Also speak­ing, a prom­i­nent Niger Delta ac­tivist, Kennedy Tonjo-west, ex­pressed op­ti­mism that Tuodolo has the pedi­gree to rep­re­sent the con­stituency ef­fec­tively.

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