By Emma Arubi
WARRI â€” THE Unit-ed Delta Political Network (UDPN) in Delta State has charged politicians in the state to eschew politics of bitterness and embrace dialogue, co-operation and sincerity of purpose to move the state forward.
It also applaud the South-South governors for sticking to their guns to pull out of the on-going amnesty charade by the Federal Government.
In a statement issued in Warri, it said the amnesty would not have made any impact in the region and expressed outrage over what it called the arrogant posture of the Petroleum Minister, Rilwanu Lukman, over the vexatious issue of alleged downgrading of the Petroleum Training Institute, PTI, Effurun.
The group noted that insincerity on the part of the government on critical issues affecting the Niger Delta accounted for why violence and militancy thrive unabated.
It warned that â€œif President Yarâ€™ Adua reverses the upgrading of the PTI by former President Obasanjo, another President is likely to down grade the Petroleum Institute in Kaduna, thus setting in motion a vicious chain of unhealthy friction in the nationâ€™s polity.â€
The group, in the statement by the National Co-ordinator, Mr. Denis Mene, and Secretary, Mr.Warri Ojarikre, revealed that with the governors stanch, it meant they have â€œwoken up from their slumberâ€ and urged all Niger Deltans to support the governors this time around to move the region forward for once.
While questioning the rationale behind having all the key institution in the country sited in the North, the group advised the federal government to, in the interest of peaceful co-existence, allow the PTI maintain its upgraded statusquo as established by President Obasanjo.