… Evah describes PNDPC as congress of gamblers
By Emma Amaize, Regional Editor, South-South
WARRI—FORMER Minister of Police Affairs, Alaowei Broderick Bozimo; Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Chairman, Presidential Amnesty Programme, PAP, Brigadier General Paul Boroh (retd.), and other Niger Delta leaders have independently intervened in the row between the Chief Edwin Clark-led Pan Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, and Pan Niger Delta People’s Congress, PNDPC, led by HM Pere Charles Ayemi-Botu, over the acceptable assembly for the Niger Delta region.
Alaowei Bozimo confirmed to Vanguard that he and other leaders had waded into the matter, but did not give details, noting that he was in contact with Chief Clark and HM Ayemi-Botu on the best way to settle the commotion in the interest of the region.
Coordinating Secretary of PANDEF, Dr. Alfred Mulade, and Coordinator of PNDPC, Chief Mike Loyibo, who also spoke to Vanguard, confirmed the peace overtures in separate chats, adding that they were in a meeting convened by the PAP boss in Abuja.
Meanwhile, Coordinator of the Ijaw Monitoring Group, IMG, Mr. Joseph Evah, said: “Those claiming to have formed a group against PANDEF are gamblers.
“Nobody in his right senses in the Niger Delta and even the Presidency can question the leadership of the region by the Chief Clark.”
Similarly, the National President of Pan Niger Delta Youth Leaders Forum, PNDYLF, and former governorship aspirant in Bayelsa State, Mr. Famous Danuemigha, said: “I strongly believe that there are many bodies with same vision for the struggle for a better Niger Delta.
“However, PANDEF is a unifying front. Although it is faced with a normal starting tussle, but we are brothers.”
On the contrary, Reformed Egbesu Fraternity, REF, comprising Egbesu Red Water Lions, ERWL; Egbesu Mightier Fraternity, EMF; Egbesu Marine Commandoz, EMC, and Defenders of Urhobo Nation, DUN, in separate statements by the Commander, Egbesu Supreme Assembly, self-styled “General” Tony Alagbakereowei and Mr. Rex Anighoro, reiterated their support for PNDPC, saying PANDEF was no longer an option for the development of the region.
Urhobo youths in war of words
Also, Urhobo Youth Leaders Association, UYLA, in a statement by its First Vice President and an Executive Assistant to the Governor of Delta State on Security Matters, Godwin Okporoko, frowned at the group’s Secretary, Olorogun Vincent Oyibode, who he said spoke without approval on PANDEF and negotiation with Federal Government.
However, Oyibode said he had the mandate of President of UYLA and others to make such statements, adding that Okporoko, who like him, is aspiring to lead the group at the next election, was merely complaining.
Apologies to Clark
PANDEF’s scribe, Dr. Mulade told Vanguard that some members of PNDPC had called Chief Clark to apologise for their action and acknowledged that PANDEF is the recognised platform, adding that the elder statesman accepted their apology and was waiting for them to reunite with the group.
On his part, Chief Loyibo said it was a preliminary meeting, as nothing has come out of it because people were consulting.
He informed that PNDPC had neither relinquished its mandate to lead the region nor apologised to anybody for executing the mandate.