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Ogoni Clean-up Is Time Bomb, Says Lawmaker

The former Deputy Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly and candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Assembly re-run election, Hon. Dumnamene Dekor, has warned that except adequate care was taken, the implementation of the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) may become a time bomb in Ogoniland.

Hon. Dekor also accused the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) of masterminding the crises in Rivers State, as a plot to unseat Governor Nyesom Wike through impeachment should they control the House of Assembly.

The former lawmaker, who spoke in Port Harcourt, the state capital weekend said it was the desire of every Ogoni citizen that the environment should be cleaned, warning that the way the implementation is managed could make another round of crisis in the area.

He alleged that the APC politicians in Ogoni were the ones politicizing the implementation of the UNEP report, stressing that the Ogoni people had suffered a lot as a result of environmental degradation, and deserved a comprehensive clean-up in line with the recommendation contained in the UNEP report.

Dekor accused them of making it appear that the implementation of the UNEP report could not go ahead, if they did not occupy elective offices.

Speaking further, the lawmaker alleged that plot hatched by APC leaders in the State was to cause violence, so that the Federal Government could declare a State of Emergency and sack the governor.

“Declaration of state of emergency, the National Assembly is there and it requires two-third majority. But the truth is this, nothing has happened in Rivers State to deserve emergency.

“Mr. President (Muhammadu Buhari) is the President of Nigeria and represents the interest of all Nigerians, irrespective of political affiliation.

What is happening in Rivers State is something they have to retrace their steps

“Democracy is about the people; most of them causing the crisis lack the support of the Rivers people. They have created a monstrous posture of them outside the state. These people have to realize that the state governor was elected by the people.

“You see, a situation, where the governor makes a broadcast, only for the former governor to make a broadcast, such action generates pockets of crisis. For a former to make a broadcast where there is an incumbent governor is to cause friction in the state.”

Dekor, who is seeking re-election into the House of Representatives for Khana/Gokana Federal Constituency, alleged that the APC knew that the people would vote against its candidates and decided to use the military to intimidate voters.