By Emma Amaize
EX-MILITANT leader, Chief Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo, has counselledÂ the Acting President, Dr.Â Goodluck Jonathan, to concentrate only on things that will transform the country positively within his short stay in power and not give attention to anything that will give the impression that he is politically witch-huntingÂ anybody for any reason.
He also urged the former Federal Commissioner for Information and foremost Ijaw leader, Chief Edwin Clark, to beÂ wary of the motives of those urging him to â€œcrucifyâ€ ex-governor of Delta State, Chief James Ibori, since most ofÂ them were eating and dining on the same table with Ibori before now.
Tompolo said this at a secret meeting with him in Abuja, last week, according to our reliable sources.
â€œYes, Tompolo met with Dr. Jonathan, it was a private meeting, I donâ€™t know how you got to know about it, but,Â what he told him essentially is that Nigerians are yearning for change and he should, no matter how small hisÂ time is, do something that will create a change in the country and make people know that he is a performer.
â€œHe told him that the people want to see a change in the power sector and Niger-Delta and he (Jonathan) should
leave anything that gives the impression that he is politically witch-hunting anybody because of anything.
Though, Iboriâ€™s case is the one everybody knows now but his advice to him was general,â€ a confidant of the
ex-militant leader told Vanguard, yesterday.
According to him, â€œThe Acting President told Tompolo that he is not involved in the EFCC manhunt for Ibori andÂ that his position is that if anybody has a case, the law should take its course.â€
He said, however, that Tompolo alerted him that the public impression of the actions of EFCC so far was that theÂ Acting President was witch-hunting Ibori to which Dr. Jonathan said was untrue.
The source said Tompolo who was eager to seeÂ Jonathan make a resounding success of his acting presidency â€œisÂ worried and does not want Dr. Jonathan to fall into the same trap that Obasanjo fell into by pursuing and
creating enemies, forgetting that there is no permanent friend but permanent interest in politics, only to end
his tenure achieving nothing in the critical areas of power and Niger-Delta development.â€
What Tompolo told Clark
On the part of Chief Clark, the source continued, â€œWhat Tompolo has been telling him is that he should not allowÂ some people to deceive him.Â It is not all of them that come to meet him and say let us do this to Ibori that meanÂ well. Some of them ate on the same table with Ibori and benefited from his loot, is it because they are no longerÂ eating as before that they now want him crucifiedâ€? Asked if there was pressure of any sort from the Delta State Government to talk to Jonathan regarding Ibori, he said, â€œNo, he acted on his own volition.â€