The Executive Chairman of Warri South Local Government Council, Dr. Hon. Michael TidI has stated that Warri South local government council was not responsible for the creation of new ward in Warri South local govt. area.
Tidi stated this while addressing journalists on the protest by group of persons claiming to be Warri Ijaws who alleged that they were marginalized in the creation of a new ward in Warri South LGA recently.
He recalled that before the ward creation exercise, a meeting was organized by DSIEC where various groups presented their interests, explaining that, the federal wards of Owen and Okere which were under the ward in the past were separated in recent ward creation exercise in the local govt. area to complete the mandatory 20 wards per local government area probably based on the fact presented before DSIEC.
He also disclosed that the demand for the splitting of Igbudu Ward into two by the Igbudu Agbarha Warri Urhobo people was not met in the new ward creation.
On the issue of not having a representative at the Warri South local government council, Dr. Tidi noted that if the huge number of protesters were registered voters in Warri South, they could easily vote a councilor that can represent them at the council.
While promising to present their demands before the appropriate quarters, he urged the protesters to be peaceful and not to take laws in their hands.
He commended the government security agents for being professional in handling the situation.
The protesters who carried placards with different inscriptions stating their demands has earlier barricaded the Warri South local govt. secretariat and Warri/Sapele Road.
Meanwhile some youths of Otovwodo community staged a counter protest but they were quickly persuaded by Dr. Tidi to call off the protest.
One of the youths Jero Oviemo argued that the Ijaw protesters had no moral of legal justification for their action, noting that, the Ijaw protesters were from Ogbe-Ijoh Community and as such do not have any reason to protest the creation of a ward in another LGA.