Coalition of Niger Delta Militants Disbands Clark Led Group, Names New Body to Dialogue with FG

A coalition of Niger Delta militant groups, Friday, once again stirred the volatile political situation of Niger Delta as it disbanded the Chief Edwin Clark led Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF), mandated to discuss with the Federal Government on behalf of the region, and replaced it with new body .
Under the aegis of Pan Niger Delta Peoples Congress (PNDPC), the coalition elected a new set of leaders to dialogue with the Federal Government on behalf of the people of the oil region.
The 13-man PNDPC team, the coalition said, will be headed by Niger Delta leader, High Chief Mike Loyibo.
The new body has former Governor of Bayelsa State, Chief Timipre Sylva and two prominent monarchs, former National Chairman of the Traditional Rulers of Oil Minerals Producing Communities of Nigeria (TROMPCON), and paramount ruler of Seimbiri Kingdom, His Majesty, Charles Ayemi-Botu and Joshua Igbugburu from as members.
Convener and leader of the Reformed Niger Delta Avengers, self-styled Major General Johnmark Ezonbi, aka Obama, who spoke to newsmen after a meeting of the militant groups at Oloibiri announced the membership of the new body.
He said: “Professor Benjamin Okaba , former Chairman of Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (DESOPADEC), Chief Wellington Okrika, Professor Etim Eyong, Mercy Almona-Isei, AVM Austine Ekon, National President of Host Communities of Nigeria, HOSTCOM, Bishop Mike Emuh, a renowned oil and gas expert, Reverend OJ Agbarah, Justice Chris Ajama (retd.) and Pastor Victor Egoh are members of the body.’’
The coalition is made up of the Reformed Niger Delta Avengers, led by Ezonbi; Niger Delta Revolutionary Crusaders Council; Niger Delta Supreme Egbesu Fighters; Niger Delta Red Scorpion Fighters; Niger Delta Youth Mandate for Justice; Niger Delta Liberation Force; Niger Delta Fighters for Resource Control; Niger Delta Fighters for Urhobo Resource Control and Bakassi People Liberation Force.
When contacted Loyibo said he was not aware of the new group and his selection by militants to lead the region.
He, however, said: “It is a welcome development and I will do my best to effectively represent the region if that is what the boys in the creeks want.”
He commended Chief Clark for the leadership he offered his region, saying that he did his best for Niger Delta even as a nonagenarian.
“I have demonstrated integrity over the years and have been part of the Niger Delta negotiation team with the Federal Government. We have not relented and we will pursue the new phase with integrity,” he said.
Also contacted, His Majesty Ayemi-Botu asserted: “I am not aware of the development, I am just hearing it from you”.
Similarly, Chief Okrika told our reporter at about 7.45 pm on phone: “I am not aware.”
The Coalition said it behoves the Federal Government to dialogue with the new set of people or risk resumption of hostilities in the region.
It said: “The Federal Government should dialogue with persons with credibility and genuine heart for the development of the region, as persons with the toga of corruption should not be allowed to discuss with the federal government under any guise.”

Author: News Editor

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