Stakeholders from the Niger Delta region have sent a protest letter to President Muhammadu Buhari faulting the allegation of perjury against the Minister of State Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, describing the petition as cooked, doctored, fake, frivolous and laughable. Describing it also as an open display of dangerous politics ahead of the 2023.
According to the stakeholders, made up of civil right activists and ex-agitators from the region, though preliminary investigations into the purported petition and the bribery allegations level against Chief Timipre Sylva and Engr Simbi Wabote showed that the signatory are ghosts being used by some corrupt minded politicians against the sterling achievements recorded by Mr President in the nation’s oil and gas sector for the last six years. Chief Timipre Sylva is being used as a soft target to get to President Muhammadu Buhari.
The Niger Delta stakeholders under the aegis of the Niger Delta APC Youth Vanguard with the coalition ex-agitators under Niger Delta Advocate for Peace and Good Governance group, argued that the allegations against Chief Sylva and Engr Wabote is fake and should be discountenanced.
“Today, we can categorically state here, without mincing words, that the false allegations was cooked and doctored by a group of criminal elements who are bereft of ideas and are not aware that it is no longer business as usual in the nation’s oil and gas Industry.”
The stakeholders, led by the National Coordinator, Comrade Fiawei Emmanuel Pathfinder; Deputy Coordinator, Comrade Bekes Apere; Secetary, Comrade A.K. Peters; Gen. Peres Ayama, Gen Kingsley Tamaramienye and others, warned those behind the purported petition that “the present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari have gone beyond the era of blackmail of officials of government.
“The use of a fake name of Ahmed Yusuf and non-exitent group, will not push the sound policies of this present administration in the oil and gas sector into tumoil as planned by these devilish detractors.”
The group also condemned in strong term the desperate attempt to indict the Executive Secretary, Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board(NCDMB), Engr Simbi Wabote over alleged involvement in bribery allegations involving Saipem train 7 NLNG project.
According to the group, “the name Engr Simbi Wabote the Executive Secretary of Local content development board is a household name that is known for transparency, accountability and open door policies with so much achievements recorded so far since he took over the helms of affairs of NCDMB.
“He is not known for any corrupt practice and has nothing to hide in his cupboard like other politicians from the region. And the financial books of the NCDMB is wide open for audit at all times. Since Engr Wabote took over the NCDMB board as Executive Secretary there has been a lot of turn around and massive infrastructural developmental projects attributed to the region and have contributed a lot to the reforms and policy implementation in the nation’s oil industry. And never a day has his name been involved in fraudulent claims. He is a man known as icon of local content development in Nigeria and African continent.
“Therefore, the group of ex-agitators warn those who are blackmailing the duo of Chief Sylva and the Engr Wabote to henceforth desist and hide there corrupt faces in shame. They should stay clear from blackmailing the two prominent sons of the Niger Delta region who are performing excellently well in their various offices.
“If we may ask, what is the fake group, New Nigeria Global Initiative looking for? They are looking for nothing other than stomach infrastructure through a fraudulent means with blackmail and come up with frivolous petitions in other to extort money by any means.
“For the sake of the general public, the leadership of Niger Delta APC Youth Vanguard, who are core believers of President Muhammad Buhari led federal government, want to state that the so called petition is false, fake, laughable and outrageous.
“The so-called petition does not have any iota of evidence and cannot hold water as the Minister Of Petroleum Resources State, Chief Timipre Sylva and Engr Simbi Wabote are too busy with national assignments of importance to have time to engage in such baseless banter with paid petitioners and to distract them from doing their job in the Presidency.
“Those behind these false allegations and character assassination will be fished out and unveiled before the public. And they will be made to face the wrath of the law for defamation of character, false allegation and character assassination.
“At this juncture, the Niger Delta Stakeholders under the aegis of the Niger Delta APC Youth Vanguard with the coalition of ex- agitators under Niger Delta Advocate for Peace and Good Governance group, want to use this opportunity to call on President Muhammadu Buhari, Ambassador of the United States of America here in Nigeria and the general public to disregard and ignore the so called paid false allegation emanating from a non-existent group, New Nigeria Global Initiative. These are known fraudsters with stock in trade as blackmailers and extortionists.
“The leadership of Niger Delta APC Youth Vanguard with the coalition of ex-agitators condemn in totality these fictitious, outrageous and paid petitioners of wanting to dent the good image of the Honorable Minister of Petroleum Resources and trying to drag his name to the mud. We warn them in strong term to desist from such activities, and if they refuse to stay clear from blackmailing and withdraw allegations against Chief Sylva and Engr Wabote then we will be forced to declare war against them and tag them as enemies to the President Muhammad Buhari led APC administration and the peace and development of the Niger Delta region.”