By Emma Amaize, Warri
THE Pan Niger Delta People’s Congress, PNDPC, led by His Majesty, King Charles Ayemi-Botu, yesterday, declared that it was the legitimate body with a new mandate by Niger Delta militants to go into dialogue with the Federal Government.
Pan Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, headed by Chief Edwin Clark, had, some months ago, announced that the group was the authentic voice of the region.
PNDPC in a statement by Ayemi-Botu and Chairman, Strategic Committee, His Majesty, His Royal Majesty, King Okpoitari Diongoli, asserted, “Some self- styled leaders, who claim to be speaking for the genuine agitators, betrayed and commercialized the core objectives of the Niger Delta struggle. It is this betrayal and the unfulfilled promises that have given rise to the recurring threat to the fragile peace within the region.”
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It alleged, “Some government officials from the region are allegedly working in tandem with some agitators and this has not helped the peace process, as they mislead the government in its resolve to proffer lasting solution to the imbroglio.”
Its words, “PNDPC is the authentic body saddled with a fresh mandate by the agitators to enter into dialogue with the Federal Government on their behalf.” Describing the threat by the Niger Delta Avengers to resume hostilities as worrisome and avoidable, the group said, “Consistent with its mandate, the PNDPC is willing to constructively engage the Federal Government with a view to amicably resolving the current impasse to achieve sustainable peace and development of the Niger Delta region.”