MEND Withdraws from PANDEF

The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), Sunday, said it has withdrawn from the Pan Niger Delta Front, PANDEF), led by elder statesman, Chief Edwin Clark.
In a statement by Jomo Gbomo, spokesman for the group, said it decided to withdraw from PANDEF because it has lost faith in the body.
The statement said: “Our decision to abandon PANDEF stems from the commercial and political motives of the leaders and most of the members who now see the platform as a means to bounce back financially and politically.
“It is also as a result of the lie told by Chief Clark to State House correspondents after the PANDEF volte-face meeting with the Acting President on Thursday, August 3, 2017, where he said that MEND was part of the parley when the group wasn’t represented,” the group said.
It continued: “It is annoying working with pretenders who conspired to keep silent when (former President) Goodluck Jonathan wasted the opportunity of the region and were part of the conspiracy to suppress the voice of Henry Okah and MEND.
“Today, the East West road they have suddenly realised that is in need of urgent repairs is a shameful death-trap which passes alongside oil wells and sits on top of huge gas reserves.
“PANDEF is demanding for the road to be completed but during the 6 wasted years, these same members used the dilapidated road, lost loved ones there but said nothing, engaging instead on worthless pleasures, with the Abuja residence of Chief Clark as the rallying point.
“Chief Clark who had direct access to his “son” Goodluck Jonathan did not advise the former President to address the root issues and develop the region. Many sons and daughters who enriched themselves, including the current PANDEF leaders have no single viable industry built in the Niger Delta to show for it.
“The assets they have acquired are now forfeited to the region or the EFCC. Those ill-gotten assets cleverly hidden from the EFCC that we discover will be attacked and burnt to the ground.”
MEND questioned the wisdom of building a new maritime university in Delta State when the Niger Delta region already has the Maritime Academy of Nigeria in Oron, Akwa Ibom State.
The group said in the interim it was aligning itself with the new Ijaw Youth Council, IYC, under the leadership of Oweilaemi Pereotubo.
“We will also cooperate with the Niger Delta People’s Congress (NDPC) and genuine militants desiring change such as the Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate, who have shown consistency in doing away with the old order,” the group said.
PANDEF is a common platform formed by the leaders of the region to negotiate with the Federal Government for the development of the area.

Author: News Editor

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