BY ISAAC OLAMIKAN
Some ex-militant leaders have openly expressed their displeasure with Chief Edwin Kiagbodo Clark and the Pan Niger Delta Forum(PANDEF) which he leads.
In a statement signed by one General Excel Yerindideke Toriomo and made available to the Post, the agitators said:
“We the ex-Niger Delta freedom fighters and leadership forum who embrace presidential amnesty in 2009 has deem it fit and paramount to endorse the leader of Pan Niger Delta People Congress(PNDPC) led by His Royal Majesty Pere Charles Ayemi Botu Paramount Ruler of Siembiri Kingdom.
“We are not comfortable with Dr Edwin Kiagbodo Clark led PANDEF. Clark is using PANDEF to get political recognition since he lost power in the presidency in 2015.
“Dr. Clark has brought the region more pain than good. The entire region has lost confidence in his person.
“PANDEF gave an ultimatum to the federal government. When the ultimatum was given and why the ultimatum was withdraw n we were not informed.
“What was discussed with federal government was not revealed to us. PANDEF has not deem it fit to call for a stakeholders meeting across the region with the various ethnic groups to know their pain, so as to chart a way forward for our region.
“We need infrastructural development, industrialization, youth empowerment, community development and good road network.
“We say no to kidnapping, militancy,hostage taking and pipeline vandalism. We call on the federal government to fulfill their campaign promise so as to attract meaningful development to our region.
“We hereby call on the federal government to work with the leader of Pan Niger Delta People Congress, His Royal Majesty Charles Ayemi Botu paramount ruler of Siembiri Kingdom.
“He has the leadership prowess and administrative competence to bring uncommon transformation to our region,” the statement stated.
BY ISAAC OLAMIKAN