The Niger Delta region between two rival regional groups, Pan Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, and Pan Niger Delta Congress, PNDPC, both at war over the leadership of the oil-region.
Whereas, the former is shepherded by former Federal Commissioner for Information, Chief Edwin Clark, who is the National Leader and Convener, the later is headed by former national chairman of the Traditional Rulers of Oil Minerals Producing Communities of Nigeria, His Majesty Charles Ayemi-Botu.
As at yesterday, PANDEF strongly believed that the point as to which is the authentic voice of the region had been settled in its favor, while the PNDPC feeling unbowed by the events that played out, had, observably returned to the drawing board.
Still troubled by the October 26 disruption of its fourth assembly at Port-Harcourt, Rivers State, PANDEF guardedly, last week, scheduled its November 21 emergency general assembly at its cradle, Effurun, near Warri, Delta State.
However, leader of the Reformed Niger Delta Avengers, RNDA, and Coalition of nine militant groups, self-styled “General” Johnmark Ezonbi, which empaneled the PNDPC, swore barely 24 hours after that it would interrupt the assembly.
RNDA had warned, “Let us sound a note of warning that the planned PANDEF meeting scheduled to hold on Tuesday November 21, 2017 at the PTI Conference Centre, Effurun will not hold. We will vehemently resist any attempt by members of the disbanded Pan Niger Delta People Forum PANDEF to meet even if it will mean blood spilling. Enough is enough.”
Ezonbi noted that the botched October 26 PANDEF meeting in Port Harcourt “should have sent clear signals to members of PANDEF that the party was over,” adding, “The Federal Government should not hold us responsible if they allow the meeting to hold judging from the volatile situation in the Niger Delta, a word is enough for the wise.”