Youths of the Okere Community in Warri South, Delta State staged a peaceful protest at the palace of the Olu of Warri Kingdom, HRM. Ogiame Atuwatse III.
Expressing that hoodlums are attempting to frustrate the electoral method within the youth body of the community.
The youths were seen singing songs as they marched in the community to the palace of the revered monarch.
The youths bore placards with inscriptions like, “if you nor qualify, you nor qualify”.
“If you’re disqualified by the electoral body, you stand disqualified”.
“The call taken by the electoral body should prevail”.
“The Igieboro in Council headed by Chief. E F. Esisi is the highest deciding body of Okere Community”.
“Okere Community youth body get constitution”, “if you’re not a youth, keep off from Okere youth politics.
You’re our problem”, and Omo-Ologbo youth Association of Okere is strictly for youths from age 18-40″.
The youths conjointly suspect a bunch for allegedly attempting to instigate a crisis in the community over the youth body’s election so they can necessitate the reinstatement of persons that have been disqualified from the election.
They noted that the Ogieboro Chief E.F. Esisi had suspended activities to the elections.
The youths said that they would abide by the choice of the Ogieboro of Okere Community, Chief E.F. Esisi, and also the elders’ Council of the Okere Community.
They warned that they would not tolerate any disrespect for the directions of the Ogieboro or tries to influence his selections.
In a chat with newsmen, the present Chairman of Okere Community, Comrade Lucky Ogbolomo, disclosed that Ogieboro had suspended the activities for the conduct of elections in the youth body of Okere Community.
He warned that “nobody has the right to compel him to try and do otherwise.”
Ogbolomo, whose tenure ends on January 10, 2023, noted that he’s not seeking tenure elongation or re-election.
“I never begged for extension, not even for one day .”
He suspect a bunch known as “Concerned Okere Indigenes” of making an attempt to frustrate the electoral method and cause issues in the youth body of Okere
He said they petitioned his leadership before the Warri South Council Chairman, Dr. Michael Tidi, and also the Nigeria Police Force, NPF, Warri Area Command.
Alledging that he was attempting to cause chaos within the Community and also void that there would be a “heavy violence” if they’re going ahead to conduct the election.
While noting that the Community’s Shrine is its constitution, Ogbolomo said it solely accommodates persons between the ages of eighteen to forty years.
As he maintained that, “only these persons will vote and be voted for.”
“The reason we have come here is to make our stance clear to our prestigious King, Ogiame, the sole revered King worldwide.”
In response, the Olu of Warri Kingdom, HRM. Ogiame Atuwatse III, enjoined the Okere Community Youths to keep up the peace within the community and assured them that the matter will be resolved amicably in no distant time.
The youths were received at the palace by Chief Eugene Ikomi and Chief Johnson Atseruleghe, the Iyasere of Warri Kingdom, on behalf of the Olu of Warri Kingdom, who told them the Ogieboro was place there because he is the leader of the Community and whatever decisions he takes is the decision of the revered King, the Olu of Warri Kingdom.
The Secretary of the Okere Community Youth, Comrade Besidone Jonathan Eku, and Ebona Tuoyo, were among the peaceful protesters at the palace.