RIVERS STATE chapter of the
Peoples Democratic Party, PDP,
has said the decision to package
a special amnesty programme
to contain renewed cultist
activities and militancy in the
Ogoni area of the state was a
welcome development.
Applauding the state
governor, Chief Nyesom
Wike, for the wisdom and
magnanimity to give those
cultists a second chance, the
state PDP chairman Felix Obuah
said the kind gesture was the
hallmark of good governance
and a sincere leadership.
Obuah noted that the
successes recorded in other
parts of the state by the amnesty
programme had convinced
all doubting ‘Thomases,’
especially the opposition
leaders in Ogoni, that Governor
Wike meant well for the people.
The state PDP boss regretted
that there would not have
been need for the special
amnesty programme and the
huge resources required, if the
opposition politicians had not
politicised the programme,
insisting that it was the same
cultists used by the opposition
to rig the December 10
legislative re-run election in
Ogoni that had continued to
disturb the peace of the land.
Obuah, however, appealed to
the Ogoni leaders to prevail on
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to be investigated. We cannot continue to
act as though they do not affect us.
“The new governing board and
management are determined to
restructure our balance sheet, restore our
core mandate, reform all our governance
processes and project implementation
protocols, and are also determined to do
what is right and proper, at all times, to
give this great region the commission it
“So we are going to set up this committee,
to hold an investigative hearing, where
these contractors and individuals who
have evidence of corruption will come
and present them. The committee will
work with interest groups like the civil
society and the media, to ensure that its
work passes the test of time and inquiry,”
he said.
The managing director immediately
inaugurated a six-man committee
headed by director of Special Duties,
Dr. Princewill Ekanim, and urged it to
submit its report within two weeks.
“The federal government is determined
to change the way government business
is conducted,” he said, “because we have
a lot to do to fulfill the expectations and
hopes of the people.”
their sons and wards, who are
members of these cult groups,
to take advantage of the new
opportunity to surrender their
arms and key into Governor
Wike’s amnesty programme,
stressing that the incumbent
administration meant well for
everybody irrespective of party
Also commending the efforts
and contributions of the security
agencies in complementing the
efforts of the state government,
the party chairman said they
should go ahead to consolidate
the relative peace achieved by
the amnesty programme and not
to rest on their oars, saying fight
against crime must be an ongoing
activity for there to be total
calm, co-operation and harmony
among sheds of opinions.
He said the PDP leadership
in the state would continue to
preach and tread the path of
peace and promote mutual coexistence
in all parts of the state
as a hallmark of exemplary
He urged the opposition to
swallow their pride and do
away with politics of bitterness
and vendetta and join hands
with Governor Wike, whom
he described as God’s sent to
redeem the state from groupimposed
poverty in the midst of
huge resources, stressing that the
Wike administration was devoid
of partisan politics and tribal

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