Stakeholders under the aegis of Ogoni Development Drive (ODD), has expressed regret over the conduct of some Rivers State House of Assembly members who connived with some elements in the state and signed an impeachment notice on Governor Siminalayi Fubara despite the peace process initiated by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
The group said it was unfortunate that lawmakers representing the four Ogoni local government areas allowed themselves to be used by engaging in a regrettable anti-democratic rascality, and therefore, were not acting on the mandate given to them by the Ogoni people.
In a communique signed by representatives from Gokana, Khana, Eleme and Tai Local Government Areas, the group issued a seven-day ultimatum to the lawmakers to publicly rescind and retract their position on the purported endorsement of the impeachment notice served on the governor, and also openly apologise to the Ogoni people.
“Gov Siminalayi Fubara was presented to Rivers people, as well as Ogoni people, and we accepted him after due consideration as someone, who can end the cries and yearnings of the people of our senatorial district to produce a governor after 56 years of the creation of Rivers State in 1967.
“That consequent upon this rascally behavior of those we elected to represent us in the four Ogoni LGAs namely – Barile Nwaako (Khana), Dunle Maol (Gokana), Bernard Ngba (Tai) and Aforji Igwe (Eleme) state constituencies; we wish to state that these individuals have misrepresented us. Hence, they must walk their way back to redemption, or risk a recall through a general vote of no confidence.
“We are giving them seven days from the date of publication of this communique, to publicly rescind and retract their position on the purported endorsement of the impeachment notice served on the governor and also openly apologise to the Ogoni people and then to the governor.
“That failure to adhere promptly, ODD will mobilise Ogoni to immediately initiate a process of recall on all the aforementioned members, because they have abdicated their core responsibility by implication of their bandwagon action.”
The organiser of the press conference in Port Harcourt and convener of ODD, equally called on all Rivers men and women of conscience, to rally round the governor and encourage him to stand firm in an effort to rescue the state from the grip of mercantile politicians.
Credit: The Sun