By Samuel Oyadongha
Yenagoa—Former governorship candidate of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, in Bayelsa State, Prince Ebitimi Amgbare, has described as “misplaced” the outburst by Niger Delta activist, Alhaji Mujahid Dokubo-Asari, that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo’s recent visit to the Niger Delta region was mere jamboree.
Dokubo-Asari, in a publication, had urged the Vice President to stop visiting Ijawland, citing the alleged insensitivity of the Federal Government to Ijaw nation.
But Amgbare, who led the ACN to secure a landmark judgment at the Court of Appeal annulling the 2007 victory of Governor Timipre Sylva at the poll, in an interview with Vanguard in Yenagoa, defended the Vice President’s visit to the oil-rich but neglected region.
His words: “The truth is that the Vice President’s trip was not a jamboree but a very important visit in the sense that the government needed to build confidence to enable it carry out its programme for the Niger Delta.”
“He (Osinbajo) was able to meet with all stakeholders from the elected leaders to the ordinary people who made significant inputs on how best to address the myriad of problems confronting the region.
“Some of the benefits have started manifesting and they include the presidential order directing the International Oil Companies IOCs to relocate their headquarters to the Niger Delta. That was a wonderful pronouncement that would definitely bring about a new look Niger Delta.”