After years without a substantive leadership, the pan-Ijaw socio-cultural group, Ijaw National Congress (INC), on Friday, April 30, elected foremost Professor of Sociology, Prof. Benjamin Ogele Okaba as its new president.
Prof. Okaba, from Akugbene-Mein clan, Western Zone, was elected at the INC’s two-day national convention which took place in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital.
The 60-year-old university don, who hails from Kpakiama Community in Bomadi Local Government Area of Delta State, in his acceptance speech, assured that he would run an all-inclusive government and invited all the candidates who were not so fortunate in the election, to join hands with the executive to move the Ijaw Nation forward.
Okaba, who described his victory as victory for the Ijaw ethnic nationality, promised to rejuvenate the INC and the Ijaw nation.
Other members of the executive, elected at the convention, are Mr Tamuno O. Tamuno, Vice President 1; Alabo Nengi James, Vice President 2; High Chief F.J Williams, Vice President 3; Engr. Ebipamowei Wodu, General Secretary and Hon. Samson Uropa, Assistant General Secretary.
Others are High Chief Brown Philip, Treasurer; Mr. Kennedy Odiowei, Financial Secretary; Mr. Ezonebi Oyakemeagbegha, National Publicity Secretary; Mr. Onengiofori Fenibo, National Organising Secretary and Barrister Bomo Tons Fetepgi, National Legal Adviser.
The rest are Mrs Alali Danagogo, National Women Affairs Secretary; Mrs Peremo Isenah Opiah, National Welfare Secretary and Mr. Abisagbo Tamara, National Auditor.
The INC, which is the highest socio-political and cultural organization of the people of Ijaw Ethnic Nationality, has been enmeshed in crisis that rendered it comatose for over five years.
The election was originally scheduled for Saturday, July 6, 2019, but was declared inconclusive after thugs allegedly stormed the Ijaw House venue of the election and disrupting proceedings.