Delta Ijaw Youth Assembly, DIYA, has condemned the purported invitation and probe of Chief Government Ekpemupolo, aka Tompolo, on the media by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, over an alleged N13 billion Marine University land issue, saying that the acquisition process followed due process.
The group cautioned the Federal Government to stop the witch-hunt of supporters of former President Goodluck Jonathan and the leadership of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
DIYA, in a statement in Warri, Delta State, by its President, Ebimobowei Oguma, said Tompolo did not arm twist the Federal Government on the acquisition of the land for the university project in Gbaramatu.
According to DIYA, “It is surprising that instead of the EFCC and Federal Government to look at the process that led to the approval of the marine varsity land project which followed due process with express approval by the Federal Executive Council, FEC, Bureau for Public Enterprise, BPE, federal ministries of Land, Transport and NIMASA, they are inviting Tompolo who was not involved in the process.”
The group affirmed that Tompolo remains an icon of the Niger Delta whose pedigree cannot be rubbished .
DIYA said more worrisome was the posture of some community leaders, who it said were willing to sell their birthright just to get enlisted into the APC, stressing that Tompolo refusal to join the APC was clearly responsible for the move by federal government against him.
According to DIYA, Tompolo stand for the development of the Niger Delta will remain paramount as nothing can deter him, adding the he enjoys the full support of all ijaw youths, leaders, women and elders for the emancipation of the region from under development.