2017 Ogoni Day: Abe, PDP Trade Words

January 4, 2017, 9:47 pm

Senator representing Rivers South East Senatorial District, Senator Magnus Abe,has assured the people of Ogoniland that they would soon feel the impact of the mandate they gave him in the last rescheduled rerun election. 

But the Rivers State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have however said Ogoni people now know that their real enemies were those who used security agencies to rig the rerun elections in the area. 

Abe, who spoke in a goodwill message signed by his spokesperson, Parry Benson, in commemoration of the 2017 Ogoni Day celebration said he was happy for the support Ogoni gave him and that he had commenced initiatives in realizing his campaign promises.

Abe said the Ogoni made him proud by their unflinching support and vote cast for him on the December 10 re-run election and that by their votes they had made a statement and drawn the respect of the entire Rivers people on their principled stand to go to the centre.

He noted that there were people who took pleasure in instigating crisis in Ogoni communities in order to affect their unity and urged the Ogoni people to come together in unity to find lasting solution to the current wave of inter and intra communal crisis that has bedevilled the area.

He said to this end that plans were underway to end the bloodshed in Ogoni communities, pointing out that never again would they allow external interference to come in between them and their fellow Ogoni brothers and sisters.

He enjoined them to ensure that peace prevailed in Ogoniland in order to create an enabling environment for the 1 billion dollar-clean-up-project.

He assured them of the political will of the federal government led byPresident Muhammadu Buhari to implement the UNEP report.

In a statement issued in Port Harcourt on Wednesday, also to celebrate the Ogoni Day, the state Chairman of the PDP, Felix Obuah, said, “the real enemies of the Ogoni people are those who used army, other security agencies and armedpolitical thugs to hijack election materials and rigged the December10, 2016 re-run elections in the area."

While congratulating the Ogonis for successfully marking the 2017 Ogoni Day,  Obuah urged the people to be vigilant, “as these same persons would in the coming days, also hijack the process of theOgoni Clean-up, and divert for their private use part of the 1 billion dollar clean-up project fund to recover their political campaign expenses”. 

He expressed regret that several Ogoni sons and daughters had been killed by desperate All Progressives Congress (APC)politicians in the area to win elections. The PDP chairman called on Ogonis to reflect on those killed and the manner the military and other security agencies hijacked election materials and rigged elections in favour of the APCcandidates in the area with a view to appropriately label them real enemies ofthe Ogoni people. 

Obuah also restated that the PDP has goneto the Elections Petitions Tribunal to challenge the purported elections of APC candidates as winners of the December 10, 2016 re-run elections following theuse of the army and other security agencies and armed thugs to hijack electionmaterials and rig the elections in their favour.  

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