Okere Community youths in Warri South Local Government Area of Delta State today, staged a peaceful protest to the palace of the Olu of Warri Kingdom, HRM. Ogiame Atuwatse III, saying, “Hoodlums are trying to “frustrate” the electoral process into the youth body of the organization.
The youths chanted solidarity songs and matched from Okere community to the palace of the revered monarch.
The youths also bore placards with inscriptions: “if you nor qualify, you nor qualify”, “if you’re disqualified by the electoral body, you stand disqualified”, “the decision taken by the electoral body must prevail”, “The Igieboro in Council led by Chief. E F. Esisi is the highest decision making body of Okere Community”, “Okere Community youth body get constitution”, “if you’re not a youth, stay away from Okere youth politics. You are our problem” and Omo-Ologbo youth Association of Okere is strictly for youths from age 18-40.”
The youths also accused a group of trying to use the youth body’s election as an avenue to cause crisis in the community, even as they called for the reinstatement of persons who had been disqualified from contesting the election.
The youths reaffirmed their stand saying, “Those disqualified by the electoral committee remain disqualified,” noting that the Ogieboro Chief E.F. Esisi had suspended activities of the election.
Continuing, the youths stated that they would abide by the decision of the Ogieboro of Okere community, and the elders Council of the community, reiterating that they would not tolerate any iota of disrespect for the instructions of the Ogieboro.
In a chat with newsmen, the current Chairman of Okere community, Comrade Lucky Ogbolomo disclosed that the Ogieboro had suspended the activities for the conduct of elections into the youth body of the community.
His words, “The Ogieboro has suspended the process. Until he comes, whatever he says, we shall all abide to it.”
“Nobody has the right to compel him (The Ogieboro) to do otherwise,” he warned.
Ogbolomo, whose tenure comes to an end on January 10, 2023, stated that he would not seek tenure elongation or reelection. He said, “I’ve never begged for an extension, not even for one day.”
Continuing, he accused a group identified as “Concerned Okere Indigenes” of attempting to ‘frustrate’ the electoral process as well as cause problems within the youth body of Okere community. He added, “In recent times, they had written a petitioned against my leadership to Warri South Council Chairman, Dr. Michael Tidi and the Nigeria Police Force, NPF, Warri Area Command, alleging that I was planning to cause chaos in the community, just as they threatened the electoral committee that there will be a “heavy violence” if they go ahead to conduct the election.”
While noting that the Community’s Shrine is its constitution, Ogbolomo said it only accommodates persons within the ages of 18 to 40years. According to him, “Only these categories of persons can cast their votes and be voted for.”
“The reason we are here is to make our stance clear to our prestigious King, Ogiame, the only respected King worldwide,” he stated.
In his response, the Olu of Warri Kingdom, HRM Ogiame Atuwatse III, enjoined the Okere Community Youths to endeavour to maintain the peace in the community, assuring that the matter would be resolved amicably in no distant time.
The Secretary of the Okere Community Youth, Comrade Besidone Joshua Eko, and Ebona Tuoyo were among the peaceful protesters.