THE Concerned Delta APC Leaders has described the impasse trailing one of the nominees of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC board representing the state as unwarranted in a light that portrays Deltans as a people that are disagreeable, disunited and who lack the ability to understand the dynamics of the politics of the day.
The party leaders in a statement signed by Leonard Obibi, Emmanuel Pippa and Aghogho Badaseraye explained that the agitations by some members of the party could not be sustained because there is no legal basis for their demands.
Applauding President Muhammadu Buhari for the nomination, the group stated that the nomination of Engr. Ajenakevwe Adjogbe was in accordance with the provisions of the NDDC Act, adding that the numerous board appointments made by President Buhari till date, had not been anchored on the basis of tribe alone.
Giving further explanations on the appointment, the leaders said: “It is not mandatory that the immediate past Executive Director Projects, Engr. Tuoyo Omatsuli, who is an Itsekiri, must be replaced by another Itsekiri indigene. Rather, what is paramount is that the person so nominated must be from an oil producing area of the state.
“Delta State is one, and we are all brothers and sisters. We must note that agitations have become more frequent, and they cannot be dissociated from the selfish and nepotistic actions of some government appointees who act as though their appointments are to primarily serve their tribal interests, friends and cronies rather than serve the larger society.”
Calling for ceasefire from all sides, the group said: “the ongoing agitations are being orchestrated by selfish persons or groups who fear the loss of benefits that could accrue to them if Engr. Tuoyo Omatsuli is not re-appointed to the NDDC Board.
“As leaders of the party, we support the nomination of Engr. Samuel Ajenakevwe Adjogbe and Dr. Ogaga Ifowodo to represent the “interest” of Delta State in the NDDC Board, as both appointments are in consonance with the letter and spirit of the NDDC Act.”