NATIONAL YOUTH COUNCIL OF OGONI PEOPLE, NYCOP, DISTANCES SELF FROM ENDORSEMENT OF GOVERNORSHIP CANDIDATE
BY GABRIEL OKECHUKWU, FRCN PORT HARCOURT
Ogoni youths have been urged to shun acts that will truncate the forthcoming Governorship election, such as ballot box snatching, violence and killing.
The National President of National Youth Council of Ogoni People, NYCOP Comrade Mathew Dighi who gave the advice during a News Conference in Bori, Rivers State called on people of Ogoni not to allow themselves to be used as agents of political violence, before, during and after the election.
He noted that peace is paramount for the development of the area, as such; efforts should be geared towards actualization of all claims in the Ogoni Bill of Rights in line with United Nations declarations.
“Ogoni youths are hereby advised to shun acts of violence, killings, ballot box snatching, and every other criminal activity that will undermine the peaceful conduct of the election.”
“The fair thing NYCOP can do is to urge all contestants to be agents of peaceful election in Ogoni and Rivers State at large calling on all eligible voters to come out on Election Day and vote their choice candidates.”
“That NYCOP remain the custodian of Ogoni youths and have equal respects for all Governorship candidates in Rivers State.”
Mr. Dighi who maintained that the youth group is apolitical, enjoined residents of the area to vote for candidates of their choice during the election.
According to him, NYCOP has not endorsed any candidate and is not part of purported endorsement of any Governorship candidate.
“NYCOP is apolitical and is not within her mandate to endorse any preferred candidate on any particular political platform in the fourth coming election.”
“NYCOP has at no time agreed in any of our meeting to compel the Ogoni people to vote for any preferred candidate, or to openly canvass for a preferred candidate in the 2023 general elections in Rivers State.”
The NYCOP National President who insisted that there are no factions in NYCOP, called on politicians to desist from election rigging in Ogoni land as the youths would resist such moves.