By Henry Umoru
ABUJA â€” THE National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Vincent Ogbulafor warned, yesterday, that if the success recorded so far in the governmentâ€™s amnesty programme must be sustained, there was the need for the people of Niger Delta region to remain vigilant and checkmate â€œunrepentant criminal elementsâ€.
According to him, with the deadline given the militants by President Umaru Yarâ€™adua on June 26, 2009 to lay down their arms and be granted amnesty, and against the backdrop of their responses, the region will now witness unprecedented development in line with the Presidentâ€™s seven-point agenda.
In a statement signed by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Professor Rufai Ahmed Alkali in Abuja yesterday, Ogbulafor, who congratulated President Umaru Yarâ€™Adua, the militants, the Niger Delta people and all Nigerians for the achievement, stressed that the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party was â€œparticularly delighted with the good faith displayed by government and the huge successes recorded in terms of the number of those who have embraced the offer that is leading to peace in the Niger Delta region.
â€œWe thank our compatriots in the Niger Delta for showing faith in the system and call on those who are yet to lay down their arms to immediately do so in order not to roll back the achievements of the amnesty exercise. We also call on the peace loving people of the region to remain vigilant in order not to allow unrepentant criminal elements to threaten the successes recorded so far.
â€œThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) wishes to congratulate the Federal Government for the committed implementation of the just expired amnesty period. We also wish to congratulate the militants who have unconditionally accepted the Federal Governments amnesty offer and who have pledged their commitment to lasting peace.â€