Omare emerges as IYC President in controversial election

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Perez Brisibe

BURUTU – SPOKESMAN for the Ijaw Youth Council, IYC, Eric Omare yesterday at Burutu, Delta State, emerged as president of the council in a controversial election that has caused a crack in the IYC.

The election which was held amidst tight security, started on Thursday and was concluded in the early hours of Friday with the declaration of result.

Omare emerged winner with a total of 67 votes to defeat his only challenger, Justine Okubo who did not record a single vote.

Other executives elected are: Ebalakpo Parkins, secretary general; Magada Franklin, financial secretary and Henry Ayala, Spokesman.

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In his acceptance speech, Omare while acknowledging the crack in the IYC, said: “the new IYC executive would hit the ground running as we would immediately kickstart the process of healing the wounds that arised as a result of the election.”

Earlier, the outgoing president, Udengs Eradiri in his farewell speech, said: “I pray the new IYC exexutive carry on with the vision and mission of the IYC. Eric Omare is a man that is very grounded in the Ijaw struggle and I believe he won’t fail on this regard.”

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