The All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in the Rivers South East Senatorial District re-run election and the former Secretary to Rivers State Government, Senator Magnus Ngei Abe, on Monday, called on factional leaders of the Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People (MOSOP) to come together and allow elders of Ogoni ethnic nationality to help resolve the current crisis rocking the group.
Senator Abe, who made the call while speaking at a forum organized by Kono Youths Vanguard in Kono Community in Khana Local Government Area, said that he had been inundated with calls from Ogoni elders for the need to resolve the crisis so it may not degenerate into violence.
In a statement issued by his Spokesperson, Parry Saroh Benson, Abe said that rather than apportioning blames, all hands should be on deck to settle the crisis.
He therefore appealed to the factional leaders to adhere to the request for intervention made by the elders to resolve the misunderstanding.
Senator Abe stated that Ogoni People should not allow “MOSOP to die as the group provides identity, focus and mobilization for the cause of Ogoni land”
He further insisted that in the past MOSOP had had crisis which were resolved, adding that he is optimistic that the present crisis would also be resolved amicably.
While condemning the present neglect of development of Ogoni land by Governor Nyesome Wike led administration, Sen Abe said, “Since the last government, there is no development project going on anywhere in my Senatorial District.
“And there is nobody in Rivers State who will not say that a change is not only desirable but its imperative. We cannot continue to live in insecurity and under a government that will not spend one kobo on development projects. We are waiting for Dr. Dakuku Adol Peterside,” he added.
Senator Abe urged the youths to continue to be law abiding and shun violence especially during and after the forthcoming State and National Assembly re-run elections in the state.