Prominent leaders of Ogoni ethnic nationality in Rivers State have waded into the leadership crisis rocking the Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People, MOSOP.
This followed the setting up of seven-man resolution committee of Ogoni leaders of thought to bring the warring factions together.
Two factions led by Mike Lube-Nwidobie and Legborsi Saro Pyagbara, respectively, had laid claims to the leadership of the organisation by producing two presidents of the Ogoni socio-cultural organisation following the election held last December.
To resolve the crisis, the prominent Ogoni leaders, under the auspices of Ogoni Leaders of Thought and Elders, led by former President of MOSOP, Barrister Ledum Mitee, met yesterday in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.
Mitee, in a statement issued immediately after the meeting, said a committee made up of himself and six others was set up to meet with all factions of MOSOP, traditional rulers and other leaders from Ogoni with a view to achieving the aim of resolving the crisis and called on all not to take any action that will disrupt the process.
According to the statement, the committee is expected to meet with both faction, including Traditional Rulers and other leaders of the ethnic nationality with a view to amicably resolving the leadership tussle and reposition the organisation for the good of Ogoni.
“At the end of the meeting, a resolution committee was set up comprising Ledum Mitee, Professor Don Baridam, Dr. Meshach Karanwi, Rev. Dr. Abraham Olungwe, Lenusikpugi Kpagih, Chief Monday Abueh and Ms. Rose Nwigani, to meet with all sides, traditional rulers and other leaders from the area, with a view to resolving the crisis and reposition the movement appropriately in order to meet its avowed objectives.
“Accordingly, the meeting appealed to all sides to the present crisis to cooperate with the Resolution Committee and to refrain from actions or public statements capable of undermining the current peace process,” the statement said.

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