AUSTIN OMOS OYIBODE, EDITOR
A political group under the aegis of Delta APC Youth Leaders and Stakeholders Forum on Monday said that in the appointment into the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, Presidential Amnesty Programme, Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), President Muhammadu Buhari should consider core and qualified APC members first before given consideration to any other person in the region.
The group, in a letter addressed to President Buhari and signed by Comrade Timi Coleman, President; Yabrade Moses, Secretary; Hon. Denyefa Akebofa, Woman leader; Hon. Francis Garry, Spokes person; Hon. Famous Believe, Prominent youth leader and Oluku Ebiowoukabowei another prominent youth leader and made available to Emeraldng.com, called on President Buhari to give priority attention to known APC leaders who labored tirelessly for the president during the electioneering campaigns.
The group said besides the fact that the appointees should be core APC members, they also needed to go through thorough internal party screening, security screening and investigations by DSS and EFCC and background checks should be carried out on them from their unit to ward, to local government areas and at the state levels.
This, according to the group, will ensure that no opposition PDP member is smuggled into any appointive position who will scuttle President Buhari’s development agenda for the Niger Delta region and the Nigeria nation at large.
The group also said the social investment programmes and other federal government empowerment programmes should be anchored by APC stalwarts in states that do not have APC state governors so as to avoid the opposition PDP hijacking the processes to the detriment of APC faithful who will condemn the APC led government and at the same time collecting glories from APC policies and programmes.
Members of the group, who are passionate about the welfare of the president and success of his programme in the Niger Delta, added that since the emergence of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015, no Delta state Ijaw man has been appointed into any political positions, hence it prayed President Buhari to correct the anomaly by appointing Delta state Ijaw man to handle the duo offices of NDDC as Managing Director and coordinator of Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP).
The youth leaders and elders added that programmes and policies to be implemented in the Niger Delta should be carried out in consultation with the party faithful at all levels so as to ensure the effectiveness of such programmes and thereby identify saboteurs and block them from assessing such events from the local levels.
THE FULL LETTER ADDRESSED TO THE PRESIDENT IS REPRODUCED HERE-UNDER
DELTA APC YOUTH LEADERS AND STAKEHOLDERS FORUM
President Muhammadu Buhari
The Executive President,
Federal Republic of Nigeria
Aso Rock Villa
ATTENTION! THE SILIENT QUEST OF PDP ELEMENTS IN HIJACKING THE STRUCTURES OF THIS GOVERNMENT AND THE NEED TO EXERCISE CAUTION
First and foremost, we want to use this medium to congratulate Mr. President once again on his successful re-election and successful inauguration to serve another four years in re-building and strengthening the structures of this country as against the years eaten up by corruption. We are indeed proud to be part and parcel of this government.
Sir, recall in 2015, out of your magnanimity in victory, open heartedness and simplicity, belonging to everybody and nobody, some members of the major opposition party were appointed into sensitive offices, some of which turned out to be saboteurs clogging the wheel of progress in your administration.
Some of them even went further to fight your re-election bid and sponsored persons and structures to scuttle your quest for second tenure; this some did openly while some were very careful and discrete about their quest, but here in the Niger-Delta “nothing is hidden under the sun”, we are very much aware of what transpired, since we were at the fore front of the election battle and saw first-hand the whims and caprices of “enemies within”.
Sir, in the last administration, some errors were also observed by us, where APC lead federal government empowerment programmes especially in the Niger Delta, were being coordinated by PDP structures to benefit only their core supporters and still go ahead to take glory for such programmes.
The core APC supporters were completely stranded and shoved aside, they were neglected by the state structures and also marginalized from relieving what is due them, because PDP structures were used to implement APC programmes. However, despite these disadvantages the APC members in the Niger Delta, especially Delta state still put themselves together to garner over 35% votes for Mr. President’s election.
Sir, right now, we are observing that what played out in 2015 is about to repeat itself in this current dispensation where core PDP loyalists who physically and verbally attacked us in the just concluded 2019 elections are currently being fronted by some APC stalwarts in the Niger Delta for appointments into sensitive offices in this administration; if this agenda succeeds, it simply means, the government we sacrificed our lives for, deliberately handed us over to our enemies to be killed!
Sir, we are very surprised that people that swore that you will never see victory in 2019 and put their monies and resources to ensure you were never re-elected as president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, are now parading themselves as friends of the government and are currently being aided, supported and nominated by some APC stalwarts in the Niger Delta to man sensitive offices so as to use APC federal government resources to strengthen PDP structures and completely destroy and annihilate APC structures and members in the Niger Delta.
Sir, we know you have a listening ear and may not be completely aware of the politics in the Niger Delta, hence the reason we are writing this letter to you. We, the core APC members in the Niger Delta, Delta state in particular, suffered untold hardship in your last dispensation as people who called us all sorts of names such as “Boko Haram”, “Betrayals” “Sell out” etc, became chief beneficiaries of the APC led administration from 2015-2019.
Again this ugly trend is about repeating itself where people who fought against your re-election bid called us all sorts of unprintables names such as “killer herds men”, baba goslow” children” etc are now parading themselves as friends of the government and seeking appointments into sensitive offices; this should not be allowed to happen the second time.
We are pleading that the core offices created in the Niger Delta to sustain peace should be manned by core APC sons and daughters from the Niger Delta. Offices such as NDDC, NIMASA, MND, PAP etc; should be manned by faithful members of our party working in tandem with the visions of Mr. President to sustain peace in the Niger Delta.
Again we appeal to Mr. President and the Vice President to consider the interest of APC faithful in as much as the interest of Nigeria and Nigerians is first, let it be known that Delta Ijaw APC faithful are equally Nigerians and shouldn’t suffer marginalization, neglect and worse treatment from our own APC lead Federal Government we fought and bleed for; hence the anomalies should be corrected in this dispensation.
Below are our prayers:
1. In considering appointments into sensitive parastatals in the Niger Delta Such as NDDC, MND, PAP, NIMASA etc, core and qualified party (APC) members in the Niger Delta and the state concerned should have the right of first refusal, they should be first considered before others. And thorough internal party screening, security screening investigations, and background check should be carried out on them from their unit to Ward, to LGA and State levels.
2. They should be thoroughly screened by the DSS and EFCC
3. The social investment programmes and other federal government empowerment programmes should be anchored by APC stalwarts in states that do not have APC state governors; so as to avoid the opposition hijacking the processes to the detriment of APC faithful and still condemn the APC led government while collecting glories from her (APC) policies and programmes.
4. State visits and functions to be carried out by the presidency or vice president should be anchored by APC stalwarts who will work with the respective state governors and also carry the APC faithful from that domain along so as to have a sense of belonging where party faithful are not carried along, they will become strangers in their own house.
This should be immediately implemented by the vice president on his scheduled visit to Delta state this month of July, particularly to Gbaramatu kingdom, the party fiathful in Gbaramatu kingdom and environs should be carried along to create a sense of belonging and further strengthen the party in the area in particular and the state in general.
5 It’s also a known fact that no single Delta state Ijaw was appointed in your erstwhile tenure. We earnestly pray you correct the anomaly by appointing Delta State Ijaw man to handle the duo offices of NDDD chairman and PAP.
6. And finally appointments, policies and programmes to be implemented in the Niger Delta, should be carried out in consultation with the party faithful at all levels concerned so as to ensure the effectiveness of such programmes, because saboteurs will be easily identified and blocked from assessing such events from the local level, this will bring about successes and smooth running of this administration policies in the Niger Delta.
We are very sure Mr. President will consider the recommendations made in this letter and ensure the right thing is done.
Comrade Timi Coleman FHNR
Hon. Denyefa Akebofa
Hon. Francis Garry
Hon. Famous Believe
Prominent youth leader.
Prominent youth leader.
Bola Ahmed Tinubu