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N’Delta group indicts other govt arms for graft, insurgency

By Hendrix Oliomogbe Asaba and Kenechukwu Ezeonyejiaku   |   14 January 2015   |   9:01 pm  

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A CONCERNED group, Niger Delta Nationalities Forum (NDNF), Lagos State chapter has called for support for President Goodluck Jonathan in the fight against corruption and insurgency in the country while also soliciting his re-election for continuity and entrenchment of genuine democracy.

NDNF also laid the blame for the perceived failures in the fight against corruption and insurgency in the country on the doorsteps of the legislature, judiciary and relevant stakeholders, maintaining that the fight is a collaborative effort and that the president has fought corruption more successfully than the other two arms of his government. 

   Speaking at a press conference at the Airport Hotel in Lagos, chairman of the NDNF, which consists of over 20 nations in the oil region, Seigha Manager, said that corruption, which has been institutionalized in the country, could only be fought with the collaborative efforts of the three arms of the government.

   He said that the legislature whose primary responsibility is to make appropriate laws for good governance has not lived up to its expectations, adding that the judiciary too has not done enough. 

   Manager however, pointed that the executive has done more than its counterparts by using the “bottom- top approach thereby plugging loopholes rather than go after culprits in the eye of our ambiguous laws with our weak legal processes.”

   He cited examples of sectors, which the president has blocked avenues for corruption to include among others, the fertilizer supply chain, integrated payroll and personnel information system (IPPIS), the Bureau de Change and fuel subsidy.

   Indicting the legislature and the judiciary, he posited that their inability to pass necessary laws, which are intended to fight corruption and insurgency and their inability to dish out severe punishments to convicted corrupt government officials tells much about their involvement in the promotion of corruption and insurgency menace in the country. 

Meanwhile, former Governor of Bayelsa State, Chief Diepreye Alamieyeseigha has declared that the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) will not allow the presidency to be occupied by the opposition.

Alamieyeseigha, who spoke yesterday at a campaign rally of the Delta State chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) campaign for the 2015 general election at Oghara in Ethiope West Local Council of the state, maintained that opposition party would not be allowed to occupy the presidency.

Alamieyeseigha, chairman of the Presidential Contact Committee (South-South) explained that his committee was specifically assigned to Edo and Delta states to work with PDP stakeholders to ensure the victory of the party’s candidates at all levels of the election.

He said: “We shall not allow the presidency to be occupied by the opposition. It is our bonafide property in the South-South for now and we will not allow it to slip-off.”

Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Steve Oru told the mammoth crowd of PDP faithful to vote en-masse for President Jonathan on February 14, saying that the president has done and was deserving of a second term.



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