ANAYO ONUKWUGHA writes on the lingering controversy surrounding the decision by the management of the PDP in Rivers State on the previous governor of the state and APC chieftain, Rotimi Amaechi, to deal with the problem of the oil wells ceded to different states throughout his administration.
Few days in the past, chairman of the ruling Peoples Democratic Get together (PDP) in Rivers State, Chief Felix Obuah, issued an announcement calling on the Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, to deal with the problem of oil wells allegedly belonging to the state, that have been ceded to Abia, Akwa Ibom and Bayelsa states by the instant previous administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan.
Obuah, within the assertion, which was signed by his media aide, Jerry Needam, alleged that Amaechi, who was governor of the state as on the time the oil wells had been ceded cited the event as his main motive for decamping to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Recall that in October 2012, the Income Mobilization, Allocation and Fiscal Fee (RMAFC) ceded oil wells on the financial institution of Imo River, particularly in Etche, Omuma and Oyigbo native authorities areas of Rivers State to Abia and Akwa Ibom States, whereas all of the oil wells in Soku communities in Akuku-Toru native authorities space of the state have been ceded to Nembe Kingdom in Bayelsa State.
The ceding of oil wells in Soku communities attracted world consideration following mass protests in Port Harcourt and Abuja, the nation’s capital, by chiefs and other people of over 30 communities in Kalabari Kingdom in Rivers State in addition to a tripartite ‘media battle’ involving the Presidency, the Rivers State authorities and naturally, the Bayelsa State authorities, with one another both laying claims, or defending her function within the ceding of the oil wells.
To Amaechi, Rivers and Bayelsa states had by no means had points with boundaries because the boundaries are well-known to all simply as because the creation of Bayelsa State there was no regulation or settlement ceding any a part of Kalabari communities or Rivers State to Bayelsa State.
He requested, “We is not going to permit the try by the Bayelsa State authorities to gather our oil wells, I’ve learn what the Bayelsa State governor stated. That the eleventh version of the executive map of Nigeria gave them the oil wells. When? They didn’t speak concerning the 1st version to the tenth version, they selected to keep away from that, and went to the eleventh version, however the query they need to reply is why keep away from the earlier editions?”
He defined that the Federal Authorities has admitted in courtroom to appropriate the errors within the eleventh version, saying that the court docket paperwork had been filed by their legal professionals who admitted the errors contained within the map that of the eleventh version.
Hear him, “However the Federal Authorities got here to court docket and mentioned, ‘oh we made a mistake within the eleventh version, we’ll right it’. They need to appropriate it; the paperwork have been filed by their legal professionals, not our attorneys. All we would like is for the federal authorities to return to the tenth version and proper all the things.
“Bayelsa State was created so a few years in the past, there was no legislation ceding that a part of Kalabari kingdom to Bayelsa State. Now when did it instantly change, it modified in 2006, however I don’t wish to be part of points. I need the Kalabari folks to signify themselves and I’ll stand behind them, and all what we’re saying is that they need to look from the first to the tenth version (of the executive map) and never an imaginary eleventh version.
“It received’t work; it is going to definitely not work, regardless of how they attempt to intimidate the companies of the Federal Authorities we’ll proceed to go to court docket and let our folks know that the businesses of the federal authorities are being intimidated, that’s what we’re saying.”
However, the PDP chairman, Obuah, in his current assertion puzzled why it has taken the previous governor nearly two years as a chieftain of the APC and Minister of Transportation to persuade the APC-led federal authorities to handle the supposed injustice for which he vilified
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