The Pan-Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) has denied media reports that it held meeting with state governors in the South-South geopolitical zone over the plan by the federal government to site a $2 billion refinery in Katsina State.
This is as the group called on the federal government to implement the 16-point agenda it submitted to the President in November 2016 so as to address the needs of the people of the Niger Delta region, as well as save the nation’s economy from further interruption.
PANDEF, in a statement by its national publicity secretary, Chief Anabs Sara-Igbe, which was made available to LEADERSHIP in Port Harcourt, described the report of the meeting with South-South governors as fake and false, saying the group neither held any meeting in Asaba, nor issue any communiqué to that effect.
Sara-Igbe said, “The said meeting is false and the story is also fake, PANDEF is not aware of such meeting, neither did PANDEF held any meeting with the governors of South South States in Asaba and issued any communique that was read by the governor of Akwa Ibom State.
“The general public should disregard the fake news and false story circulating to that effect.
Let me also emphasise here that PANDEF in not a political party or an opposition party that is out to criticise the actions and inactions of government.
The PANDEF spokesman said the people of Niger Delta region are not happy with the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration for the failure to fully implement the 16-point agenda, as well as address the plight of the people of the region.
The statement reads in part: “The people of Niger Delta are not happy with the present administration for the failure to fully implement the 16 Point Agenda, as well as address the plight of the people of Niger Delta. The people of Niger Delta are known to be peaceful, accommodating and most friendly in the country but when pushed to the wall, may react dangerously and deadly.
“The people of Niget Delta believe strongly in restructuring of the country, as a panacea for equitable economic and infrastructural development in the country. We are therefore, calling on the federal government to urgently address the 16-point agenda of PANDEF and also restructure the country in the interest of all.
“PANDEF also appeal to the Executive and Legislative arm of the federal government to ensure that the much needed peace and security of lives and property in the country is always given priority and they should act within the armbit of the the Nigerian Constitution and the relevant laws of the country.”
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