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Oil Resumption: MOSOP Warns Sahara Energy, Others … Against Causing Crisis In Ogoniland

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The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) has alleged “an intensive promotion of Sahara Energy, a company with strong affinity to Nigeria’s Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, and the ill-fated governorship candidate of the APC in the last election, Pastor Tonye Cole, as a possible operator of the Ogoni oilfields, OML 11.”
A statement issued in Bori, MOSOP President, Fegalo Nsuke said: “MOSOP wishes to state its unequivocal rejection of Sahara Energy and all other schemers including Shell, NPDC/NNPC, Belema Oil and RoboMicheal for the Ogoni oilfields until the fundamental demands of the Ogoni people are properly negotiated.
“We note that the demands of the Ogoni are justifiable and include a fair demand for political rights to self determination which is currently enjoyed by other ethnic nationalities in Nigeria.
“MOSOP calls on all promoters of Sahara Energy to stop forthwith as their activities portend real threats to the peace and stability of Ogoniland which we are currently grappling with.
“We further urge the management of Sahara Energy to disabuse their minds and bury all intentions to lobby for OML 11 as the contentious issues raised by the Ogoni people are yet to be addressed and the issues are far beyond the capacity or any other oil firm to address,” MOSOP argued.

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Diri Dangles Olive Branch On Sylva, Lyon

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The new Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has called on the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, All Progressives Congress (APC) Governorship candidate in the last election, Chief David Lyon and other aggrieved members of the opposition parties to support his administration to move the state forward.
Speaking during a thanksgiving service, yesterday, Diri promised to run an all-inclusive government.
He insisted that he needed the cooperation and support of all leaders of the state, including former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, to succeed.
While thanking God for giving him the mandate, the governor urged all his supporters to be magnanimous in victory.
He said: “I will be governor of all, be it PDP, APC and others. We must remain united and ensure peace in our land.
“That is the only time we can be talking of development. Let us work together.”
The governor said his priority was to bring development to every part of Bayelsa, adding that he was willing to consider even members of the opposition parties for appointments.
He, however, warned against crimes saying his administration would go tough on criminals.
“Our administration will not condone crimes and criminalities. No development can take place in the atmosphere devoid of peace,” he said.
In his sermon, the guest preacher, Apostle Zilly Aggrey of Royal House of Grace International Church, said no man should take the glory for the declaration of Diri by the Supreme Court.
Aggrey cautioned against frivolities in governance, and warned the governor against bootlickers, sycophants and praise singers who would run down other people for personal gains.
He noted that Bayelsa was too rich in resources to be poor, and urged the governor to initiate projects that would have direct bearings on the people.
He said: “Every community in Bayelsa should have good water to drink. You should work with the Koreans, Chinese, Germans and other good nations to bring development. Our youths need jobs”.
Aggrey called on the people of Bayelsa to continue to pray for the governor and the deputy governor, to provide them effective leadership.

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You’re Jittery Of Protests, PDP Mocks Buhari …You Lack Power To Stop Peaceful Protests, Falana Tells FG …As Nigerians Rally Against Buhari, Service Chiefs, Today

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said the Muhammadu Buhari-led Presidency was jittery of a massive protest against the All Progressives Congress (APC) government and the clueless service chiefs.
It advised the Presidency to face its ordeal and address the consensus concern of Nigerians over poor handling of security issues instead of seeking to blame the opposition and the media.
The PDP said this in reaction to a presidential statement, yesterday, that the opposition was sponsoring protests against President Muhammadu Buhari and the service chiefs.
In a statement, National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, told Nigerians that the Presidency was trying to divert attention from its failures and stop the people from marching against insurgency, terrorism, banditry, kidnapping and general insecurity.
“It is clear to all, including the Buhari Presidency, that Nigerians across board, have been in protest against the Buhari-led APC administration and need nobody to mobilize them to publicly exercise their constitutionally guaranteed rights any day to register their discontentment against a failed administration that has continued to live on propaganda”, it said.
“PDP restates its demand that the security high command should be rejigged to inject new blood to effectively tackle our security challenges; a position that have become a consensus opinion of all other patriotic individuals and groups, including the two chambers of the National Assembly, are well known within and outside our country.
“Accusing the opposition and threatening the media are, therefore, diversionary and apparently aimed to validate alleged plots by agents of governments to clamp down on innocent Nigerians, the media and members of the civil society to suppress and foist a siege mentality on Nigerians.”
The PDP said it was awarded that the accusation is part of the ploy by the Buhari Presidency to intimidate the party and stop it from demanding that the Buhari administration be alive to its responsibility to secure the nation or step aside.
The party warned the Nigerian government to stop threatening citizens, abandon the usual denials and excuses and work on the country’s security architecture and end the escalated bloodletting.
Similarly, a human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), yesterday, said the Presidency lacked the power to stop people from protesting against service chiefs for alleged poor handling of the war against terrorism in the country.
The senior lawyer, therefore, cautioned the police authorities against harassing any protester.
He was responding to a statement by a presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, who had alleged that about 2,000 persons had been hired to stage a protest against the service chiefs to embarrass President Muhammadu Buhari.
Shehu had said, “The Presidency wishes to caution a section of the political class against misleading the public and inciting protests against the heads of military institutions.
“This has become necessary in view of received reports that about 2,000 men and women have been hired to demonstrate against Nigeria’s service chiefs on Monday.”
Reacting to the statement, Falana recalled how Buhari, and other leaders of the APC, including the immediate-past national chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, and the incumbent Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Amaechi, protested against insecurity on November 14, 2014.
He added that a group of protesters, last week, staged a procession in Abuja in support of the prosecution of the counter-insurgency operations by the service chiefs and demanded the expulsion of Amnesty International from Nigeria without any hindrance.
He said Nigerians had the right to protest for and against the Federal Government without requiring permission from the Presidency.
Falana stated, “The authorities of the Nigeria Police Force are urged not to harass aggrieved Nigerians for protesting against perceived injustice in the country.
“After all, a group of citizens were allowed to demonstrate in Abuja, last week, in support of the prosecution of the counter-insurgency operations by the service chiefs.
“On that occasion, the group called on the Federal Government to expel Amnesty International from Nigeria for criticising the service chiefs.
“Without any evidence whatsoever the Presidency has alleged that those who are calling for the replacement of the service chiefs are working for the Boko Haram sect!
“However, since Nigerians have the fundamental right to demonstrate for or against the Federal Government without official fiat the Presidency has no power to stop any peaceful protest in the country.”
Falana recalled that the court had affirmed Nigerians’ right to assemble and protest peacefully in the case of All Nigerian People’s Party V. Inspector-General of Police (2008).
He added, “It was in exercise of the right of freedom of expression that APC leaders, including Muhammadu Buhari, Chief John Oyegun, Dr. Sylvester Onu and Rotimi Amaechi had participated in the protest held at Abuja on November 20, 2014, against insecurity under the erstwhile Jonathan administration”.

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Bayelsa: Resign Now, APC Chieftain Tells Oshiomhole

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain in Edo State and former president of Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association (PENGASSAN), Comrade Peter Esele, says recent happenings in the party, including the Supreme Court judgement on Bayelsa State, were clear reminders that it was time for the National Chairman of the party, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, to go.
Esele told newsmen in Benin, yesterday, that Oshiomhole cannot claim ignorance that the deputy governorship candidate of the party in Bayelsa was ineligible to contest the election.
“In life, there comes a time when you must make a clear distinction between individual and institutional interests”, the APC governorship aspirant in 2016 said.
The stalwart noted that Oshiomhole’s utterances about national issues had become a huge embarrassment to APC and Nigeria.
Esele said that as the ruling party must defend the institutions no matter the pain or interest, adding that, “Failure to do so is a recipe for anarchy”.
He alleged that “The incompetence and corrupt practices at the national secretariat has resulted in the weakening of various important internal processes for the selection of party candidates.
“States like Bayelsa and Zamfara now have to contend with governors the people never voted for,” he said.
Esele insisted that APC has been factionalised in Edo with the alleged support of Oshiomhole.
“Neither faction will be able to fulfil the required provision of our party’s processes and protocol.
“APC has outgrown the kind of theatrics displayed by Oshiomole who, ironically, was also a product of court processes. The time is now to thank him for his services to the party and move on.
“Or, are we going to wail again, when the courts intervene to sack our candidate in Edo? There comes a time when you must choose sides.

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