By George Onah
Peace has been brokered between Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State and leader of the Niger Delta Volunteer Force Alhaji Mujahid Dokubo Asari, in the spirit of the ongoing amnesty and as part of efforts to erase all forms of animosity between persons over militancy in the region.
The peace meeting between the duo also called on all those still in court over the 2007 gubernatorial election in the state to withdraw such suits for the benefit, development and peace of the state.
Bringing the two men together, leader of organised opposition parties in the state Prince Tonye Princewill, who personally drove Asari to meet with Amaechi in his private residence in Port Harcourt, said there had been no love-lost between the governor and Asari for some years.
Vanguard gathered that â€œafter the normal pleasantries the trio retired to the governorâ€™s inner room where various issues bordering on their past and the need to move the state forward were exhaustively discussedâ€.
Princewill, who is a cousin of Asari, told both men that he had been upset while the face-off lasted and recalled that Asari was instrumental to his (Princewill’s) withdrawing his petition against the Peoples Democratic Party and the need to support Amaechi.
Asari said his grouse with Amaechi was traceable to the governorâ€™s classification of all â€˜freedom fightersâ€™ as criminals, explaining that he was also â€œinitially not happy with the verdict of the Supreme Court,â€ which declared Amaechi as governor of the state.
He said the pronouncement of the Apex court notwithstanding, the result of the election which enthroned his predecessor was equally a sour point in the entire political climate of the state, stating that he was not angry with the governor as an individual.
The freedom fighter said It was consequent upon the “governor’s high performance and wind of change now blowing”,that he did not hesitate in accepting the invitation by Princewill to visit the governor and make peace â€œfor the sake and growth of River Stateâ€.
On his part, Amaechi said his blanket statement and zero-tolerance for gunmen over the resource control agitation was pegged on the subversive acts of the youths, many of who had taken to stark criminality.