ASABA-CHAIRMAN of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Delta State, Prophet Jones Erue, has berated the Niger Delta Coalition over allegation of complicity it leveled against the Minister of State Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachukwu and the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Pastor Uguru Usani in the recent threat of Niger Delta Avengers to renew bombing of crude oil and gas facilities in the Niger Delta region.
Speaking with newsmen at Asaba, Erue described the allegation as a cheap blackmail, alleging that the group resorted to blackmail when Kachukwu declined to offer contract of lifting petroleum products on the ground that one of its founders.
Saying that the group founding member (name withheld) is a member of the APC, he said, “this is an unfortunate statement that the party will take exception to” reiterating that the Ministers had stood on the path of peace in ensuring that lasting peace returns to the region.
He alleged that the Niger Delta Avenger member has concluded plans to take the authority of the Youth Leader of the APC to call for youth meeting in Bomadi, saying “I called the youth leader to stop that nonsense because the party will not take lawlessness in whatever form it come.
“Since they could not get it from the back door, they want to attack their personalities. The party frowns at this and we will no longer tolerate it”.
“Through the Deputy Chairman of the party, Cyril Ebiye Ogordor, we immediately invited the self-styled ‘Ambassador’ to appear before the SWC. He flouted the order of the party because he knows that what he has done is standing down the truth, wanting to use a means to defame personalities from this region especially the Minister that represents this state in order to get something by blackmail.
“He has no such integrity as he claimed to have and we want the public to know that those who are working for the peace of the region shouldn’t be labeled as enemies of the region”.
On the preparedness of the party for the forthcoming local government election in the state, he said: “We are on ground more than the PDP, we are more popular and more acceptable, we know that the people have finished with the PDP because the hardship is too much.”