Senator Magnus Ngei Abe, All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in the Rivers South East Senatorial District re-run election has called on Ogoni people to vote for all the APC candidates and shun those who had worked against the UNEP report implementation.
Speaking at a campaign rally held in Tai Local Government Area, Abe said right from the beginning that PDP had been against the process that led to the UNEP report.
He said the UNEP report clean up of Ogoni land is about $1 billion dollars of which no Ogoni person should toy with, pointing out that at best what the state governor could give them is N100million.
He maintained that the process that led to the UNEP report was initiated by him (Abe) while serving as Secretary to State Government (SSG)under the Former Governor, Rt.Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi.
He explained that when the expatriates visited to carry out the study, the same people in PDP said they were deceiving the Ogoni people and that it was an indirect way of bringing oil companies back to Ogoni land to drill oil.
He said they called them names such as vultures and wrote several petitions for the federal government under former president Goodluck Jonathan to stop the project.
Abe added that even when the report came out, former president Jonathan refused to have anything to do with it and never implemented it.
But today, he said, President Muhammadu Buhari has commenced the implementation of the report.
“The decision and determination of President Buhari to implement the UNEP report is a golden opportunity for our people. We cannot throw it away. Nobody can come from anywhere, whether he is a governor or anything and come and give us N100million to collect our $1billion dollars”, he said.
Speaking further, Abe said that the leaders of PDP in Ogoni did not have the sympathy of the people.
He cited Hon. Kenneth Kobani, whom he said lost five persons at his hometown in Bodo but said nothing about it.
Abe recalled that when people died during the crises in Sogho, Kaani and other places in Ogoni, the likes of Kenneth Kobani, Lee Maeba, Dum Deekor did not go there to sympathize with the people.
He said but when Nyesome Wike in his evil machination schemed the Yeghe crisis that the Ogoni leaders in PDP were all there pretending to sympathize, which he said was all to gain cheap political relevance.
Senator Abe urged the people to reject them and what they stand for, pointing out that they would benefit more in APC than in PDP.
“APC is about progress, prosperity, unity and development”, he maintained.
PARRY SAROH BENSON
Spokesperson to Senator Magnus Abe
March 13, 2016