Bayelsa State Governor, Douye Diri and Youths from Ekeremor Local Government Council Area of the state, have warned politicians engaged in arguments over the zoning of the West Senatorial seats to desist from heating up the polity.
While Gov. Diri threatened to sanction any member of his cabinet involved in the controversy on who occupies the National Assembly seats in 2023, youths under the Ekeremor Youths stakeholders also warned those advocating for power rotation between Sagbama and Ekeremor to desist.
They insisted that it is the turn of Ekeremor to produce the Senator and that of Sagbama to produce a member of the House of Representatives come 2023.
According to Gov. Diri, though politicians have the right to argue on issues of interest, the ongoing controversy among politicians from Ekeremor Local Government Council of the state is heating up the polity and threatening to lead to a breakdown of law and order.
Gov. Douye Diri, who handed down the warning after the 43rd Executive Council meeting held at the State Government House, warned the politicians to stop early politicking.
He said, “I like to caution and admonish all political appointees that have started heating up the political temperature of the state, particularly in Bayelsa West Senatorial District”.
The youths, who made up the stakeholders from Ekeremor Local government, in a communique issued on Thursday after their meeting in Yenagoa argued that any politician with interest to contest for the National Assembly seats in Bayelsa West must honour and conform to the zoning arrangement.
Comrade Dimaro Fidelis, who read the communique, frowned at the conduct of the local government chairman, Perekeme Bertola, for taunting the conventional agreement between Ekeremor and Sagbama Local government area on the national Assembly zoning agreement which is mutually beneficial and upholds equity.
According to Fidelis, “The youths lauded the outcome of the Ekeremor Elders stakeholder meeting held on 22nd July 2021 where they resolved to respect the zoning agreement and called on politicians from Bayelsa West to honour and consolidate on the zoning agreement”.
“We, the youth stakeholders from Ekeremor agreed and vow to resist any political leader from Bayelsa West who dared to breach the already existing zoning arrangement between Ekeremor and Sagbama respectively.”
Also Speaking, Comrade Mitin Joseph from ward 10 of Ekeremor Local Government Council and the President of the Bayelsa West Youth Movement, Comrade Edesemi Olorogun agreed that the involvement of an Ekeremor politician in the last Senatorial election does not preclude as invalid the existing zoning, we insist on the zoning and warned those elements attempting to cause confusion in the area”.