Sam Oluwalana, Ibadan
The leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ogoni Area of Rivers State, has expressed gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari and the Minister of Transport, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi for the various appointments and life-lifting projects they have awarded the people of the area.
The stake holders also warned certain politicians who they said are bent on causing confusion within the fold of the party, because of their pecuniary interests.
After the end of a meeting held in Port Harcourt, the River State capital on Saturday, the group, made up of the national, state, LGA and ward executives, appointees and major stakeholders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from the four (4) Ogoni-speaking LGAs of Rivers State made the following resolutions:
”We Affirm our unquestioning loyalty to the Party at the state & national levels, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi’s leadership in Rivers State & the south-south geopolitical zone& President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR. We are resolutely committed to-, & totally supportive of the current APC rebuilding/repositioning efforts by the state party & Rt Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi in Rivers State.
”We are thankful to President Muhammadu Buhari , Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi & the party for the many appointments made to party men from Ogoni, and major ongoing projects in Ogoniland. Worthy of mention is the naming of Derek Mene to the position of Exec. Director (Finance/Admin.) in NDDC & H.E Oji Ngofa’s posting as Nigeria’s Ambassador to the Netherlands. Some notable ongoing projects in Ogoniland include the commencement of the previously stalled Ogoni Environmental Restoration and the commencement of the Bodo-Bonny Road project.
”We view with concern the unwholesome activities of groups unknown to the APC in Ogoni & Rivers State, especially as they utilize the name and insignia of the party to cause mischief and hoodwink unsuspecting Ogoni people. These groups which only serve the self serving aspiration(s) of their sponsors & protagonists, have the tendency to cause disunity in the APC in Rivers State and pose a grave threat to public peace.
” We advise the generality of Ogoni APC party faithful to be mindful of events fronted by these groups and their sponsors under the guise of the APC in Ogoniland. These events should shunned, with the boycott commencing from the event called by one of such groups & their sponsors planned for the police field in Bori today.
”We urge the party at the state and national levels to take immediate steps to stop the activities these groups and their sponsors, so as to assert party discipline. This is imperative as INEC has not lifted the lid on commencement of political campaigns in Rivers State.
” Finally, we urge the party to continue to step-up activities aimed at empowering the teeming party men and women in Ogoni, which remains a bastion of strength for the APC in Rivers State”.
The piece was signed by prominent politicians in the state. These include; Chief. Hon. Victor Tombari Giadom, Deputy National Secretary, Former Rivers State Commissioner for Works and Former Gokana LGA Executive Chairman, Mr. George Feyii, Former Secretary of Rivers State Government and Commissioner of Finance Rivers State, Hon. Emmanuel Deeyah
Former Member, House of Representatives, Former Deputy Speaker Rivers State House of Assembly and Commissioner Rivers State, Hon. Fred Igwe, Former Member, House of Representatives and Former Commissioner For Sports, Hon. Leyii Kwanee, Former Deputy Speaker, Rivers State House Of Assembly, Joi Y. Nunieh, Former National Coordinator, HYPREP and Foremost Ogoni Activist and a host of others.