Niger Delta elder, Edwin Clark, told to support recall of lawmaker pursuing Chinese loans probe


* Group fears Nicholoas Ossai’s actions are targeted at eastern rail projects

By Codratus Godson

The Niger Delta icon and elder, Edwin Clark, has been urged to support moves to launch a recall of a federal lawmaker, Nicholas Oaasi, believed to be spearheading the House of Representatives probe of Chinese loans.

A group in the Niger Delta thinks Ossai’s determined probe actions are political and must be aimed at truncating railway projects coming to eastern Nigeria and the Niger Delta areas.

The group believed to be connected to the Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, also urged Clark, a former minister and leader of elders of the oil region, not worry about the name of Goodluck Jonathan at one of train stations being built by the present administration, saying the honour was well deserved and not an insult to the former president’s dignity.

The leader of the group who is was the national publicity secretary of the defunct New People’s Democratic Party (nPDP) and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, urged Clark to jettison the call on the FG to reverse the naming of the Agbor Railway Station Complex after Jonathan.

Eze, a media consultant and political strategist, thus appealed to the PANDEF (Pan Niger Delta Elders Forum) leader remember that Amaechi is a catalyst for national unity and development.

The group wondered why any outsider seeking to destroy any emerging political leader from the Niger Delta would sit back and easily find willing Niger Deltans to do the job.

Eze stressed that the ex-president is satisfied and has already expressed gratitude to President Mohammadu Buhari and the Transportation Minister for the honour done him.

In a statement made available to media houses, Eze said, if icons like Obafemi Awolowo, Alex Ekweme and other great leaders could be named after some of the railway stations, then ex president, Jonathan, a pride of the Eastern region, is eminently qualified and entitled for the honour and it would be unfair to attempt to discredit it for any reason whatsoever.

Eze lamented that more sickening is the very disturbing fact that Ossai, the lawmaker representing Ndokwa/Ukwani Federal Constituency of Delta State and Chairman, House Committee on Treaties, Protocols and Agreements, has been conscripted to do the bidding against his own people.

He called on stakeholders of South-South and South East to rise up, lend their voices against the common adversaries, and react with the timeless creed that sums up the spirit of a people.

The media strategist did not reveal the extent of the recall process especially as no lawmaker has successfully been recalled in Nigeria so far. The Dino Melaye episode, which went far, crashed at voting level.