Confusion over suspension of IYC national President

Confusion over suspension of IYC national President

He is now officially suspended –IYC

No, they have no power to suspend me- Embattled President

Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt

Six out of ten National executive members yesterday officially suspended the National President of Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) Mr. Udengs Eradiri over what they described as fragrant abuse of office, mismanagement of fund, lack of consultation with relevant stakeholders and others.

The IYC National Secretary, Comrade Bristol-Alagbariya Emmanuel who led the press conference said the embattled national President is by the present emergency meeting officially suspended.

But the embattled President Mr. Eradiri said those who suspended him in Port Harcourt lack the constitutional power to do so, adding that they have no power to suspend him except the IYC parliament members.

He said IYC has a structure and a parliament that can take a decision onbelaf of the organization and not to sit somewhere and announce the suspension of any executive members, stressing that the issue of his suspension has already been reported to the stakeholders who have before now summoned his rival.

Addressing journalist yesterday in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital, Comrade Bristol-Alagbariya Emmanuel said the council have decided to deal with the questions of legality as expressed in certain quarters.

He noted that their executive is a product of compromise arising from inconclusive elections that saw the brazen display of very powerful interest which he said their emergence did not follow the constitutional dictates as stipulated in the laws.

He described the embattled Udengs Eradiri is an unrepentant person whose activities have placed the council in jeopardy.

Alagbariya said: “For the purpose of clarity, permit me to once again recap the pertinent issues which had persuaded executive to suspend Udengs Eradiri former National President and Eric Omare, Former Spokesman. These include Lack of consultation with relevant stake holders in every decision that affects ijaw people.

“Flagrant abuse of due process by using non executive members in place of officers of council Mismanagement of council funds amounting to over three hundred million. Creating divisions and illegal clans without the power to do so within the confines of our laws

“Distorting our constitution and importing alien sections into our amended constitution. Converting council funds into personal usage at the detriment of IJaw youths, Lacking in morals to the extent that he has no regard for elders, relevant stakeholders, former presidents of council, INC executive and above all the incumbent Governor of Bayelsa state. “

He added that the most annoying part was the recent declaration of no shop be open on Boro’s anniversary day which he said led to massive looting of shops on two occasions without an executive decision, an acts he said portrayed their struggle in very criminal light.