Itsekiri oil and gas communities forum, an umbrella body of Itsekiri oil and gas related matters has expressed displeasure and kicked against the nomination of the immediate past Delta State House of Assembly member who represented Warri South-West, Daniel Mayuku, as executive director in the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission, DESOPADEC.
Coordinator of the forum, Comrade Omayeli Okotie, while submitting their protest letter titled “A protest letter over the nomination of Hon. Daniel Mayuku as DESOPADEC Executive Director by His by His Excellency , Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, Governor of Delta State”, to the palace of the Olu of Warri, Ogiame Ikenwolu, pointed out that “the nomination of Daniel Mayuku for the position of executive director did not get the endorsement or recommendation of the Olu of Warri neither did it get the recommendations of the Olu in Council, Warri traditional council and Warri council of chiefs.
He said theae are the main and only recognized traditional institutions symbolising Itsekiri authority on issues affecting its people such as the DESOPADEC nomination.
He noted that if the nomination of Mayuku for the office of executive director is not immediately reversed, it will establish a very dangerous precedent that will undermine the influence and authority of the Warri traditional institutions, which will in turn lead to greater consequences for Itsekiri sons and daughters all over the globe.
The Itsekiri oil and gas communities forum appealed to the Olu of Warri, His Majesty Ogiame Ikenwoli, to, as a matter of urgency, intervene in order to appeal to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to kindly cancel the nomination of Daniel Mayuku as DESOPADEC executive director and do the right thing.
The group further posited that the nomination of the immediate past Warri South-West, Delta State House of Assembly member was illegal and therefore is regarded as illegitimate.
While receiving the protest letter from the protesters, director of palace administration, Chief Clement Maleghemi assured the protesters that their protest letter will be conveyed to the Olu of Warri, Ogiame Ikenwoli for his attention.
He advised the protesting group to remain peaceful as their grievances will be asdressed.