Stakeholders from the Nine States of the Niger Delta region have sent a protest letter to President Muhammadu Buhari and faulted the allegation of perjury against the Minister of State Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, describing the petition as cooked, doctored, fake, frivolous and laughable, and an open display of dangerous politics ahead of the 2023 game.
According to the Stakeholders, made up of Civil Right Activists and Ex-Agitators from the region, though preliminary investigations into the purported petition and the bribery allegations level against Chief Timipre Sylva/ Engr Simbi Wabote showed that the signatory are ghosts being used by some corrupt minded politicians against the sterling achievements recorded by Mr President in the nation oil and gas sector for the last six years, Chief Timipre Sylva is being used as a practicing target to get to President Muhammadu Buhari.
The Niger Delta Stakeholders under the aegis of the Niger Delta APC Youth Vanguard with the coalition Ex Agitators under Niger Delta Advocate for Peace and Good Governance group, argued that the allegations against Chief Timipre Sylva and Engr Simbi Wabote is fake false and should be discountenanced, “Today, we can categorically state here, without mincing words, that the clueless and false allegations was cooked and doctored by a group of criminal elements who are bereft of ideas and are not aware that it is no longer business as usual in the nation’s oil and gas Industry.”
The stakeholders, led by the National Coordinator, Comrade Fiawei E Pathfinder, Deputy Coordinator, Comrade Bekes Apere, Secetary, Comrade AK Peters, Gen. Peres Ayama, Gen Kingsley Tamaramienye and others, warned those behind the purported petition are unaware that the present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari have gone beyond era of blackmail of officials of government and the use of a fake name of Ahmed Yusuf and non-exitent group, will not push the sound policies of this present administration in the oil and gas sector into tumoil as planned by these devilish distractors.
The group also condemned in strong term the desperate attempt to indict the Executive Secretary Nigerian Content, Development and Monitoring Board, Engr Simbi Wabote over alledge involvement in bribery allegations involving Saipem train 7 NLNG project.
According to the group, “The name Engr Simbi Wabote the Executive Secretary of Local content development board is household name that is known for transparency, accountability and open door policies with so much Achievements recorded so far since wen he took over the helms of affairs of NCDMB, He is not known to any corrupt practice and has nothing to hidden in his cupboard like other politicians from the region. And the financial books of the NCDMB is wide open for audit before the public domain at all times. And since Engr Simbi Wabote took over the NCDMB board as Executive Secretary there has been a lot of turn around of massive infrastructural developmental projects attributed to the region and have contributed a lot of reforms and policy implementation in the nation oil Industry. And never a day his name has been involved in fraudulent claims. He is a man known as Icon of Local Content development in Nigeria and African continent.”
” Therefore, the group of ex-agitators warn those who are alleging and blackmailing the duo of Chief Timipre Sylva and the Engr Simbi Wabote to henceforth desist and hide there corrupt faces in shame. AND they should stay clear from alledging the two prominent sons from the Niger Delta region who are performing excellently well in there various offices. “
“If we may ask, what is the fake group, New Nigeria Global Initiative looking for? They are looking for no other than stomach infrastructure through a fraudulent means with blackmail and come up with frivolous petitions in other to estorte money by any means. Well, for the sake of the general public, the leadership of Niger Delta APC YOUTH VANGUARD, who are core believers of President Muhammad Buhari led federal government want to state that the so called petition is false fake and laughable and outrageous.”
“ The so-called petition does not have any iota of evidence and cannot hold waters as the Honorable Minister Of Petroleum Resources state chief Timipre Sylva and Engr Simbi Wabote are too busy with national assignments of importance to have time to engage in such baseless banter with paid petitions and to be allowed to distract them from doing their job in the presidency. Those behind these false allegations and character assassination will be fished out and unveiled before the public. And they will be made to face the wrath of the law for defamation of character, false allegation and character assassination.
“At this juncture, the Niger Delta Stakeholders under the aegis of the Niger Delta APC Youth Vanguard with the coalition of ex agitators under Niger Delta Advocate for Peace and Good Governance group, want to use this opportunity to call on President Muhammadu Buhari, Ambassador to the United States of America here in Nigeria and the General public to disregard and ignore the so called paid false allegation emanating from a non-existent group, New Nigeria Global Initiative. These are known fraudsters with stock in trade as blackmailers and extortionist.
“To this end, the leadership of Niger Delta APC YOUTH VANGUARD with the coalition of ex agitators cut across the nine states of the region, condemned in totality these fictitious,outrageous inhuman diminishing devilish intent paid petition of wanting to dent the good image of the Honorable Minister of Petroleum Resources and trying to drag his name to the mud. We warn them in strong term to desist from such activities, and if they refuse to stay clear from blackmailing and withdraw its allegation against the Honorable Minister Of Petroleum Resources Chief Timipre Sylva and Engr Simbi Wabote then we will be forced to declare war Against them and tag them as enemies to the President Muhammad Buhari led APC administration and enemies to the peace and development of the Niger Delta region, a word is enough for the wise. We warned”.
“Lastly, the Honorable Minister Of Petroleum Resources Chief Timipre Sylva is an open book and studied by right thinking individuals with his educational background from the primary, secondary to the university of Port Harcourt and to serve national youths service and gainfully employed by SPDC.He read English/ Linguistics and joined politics from the grassroots and rise to the top. He was first elected to represent Nembe/Brass constituency in the then old Rivers Stat. He was later appointed as Political Adviser to the then Governor of Bayelsa state, Late D.S.P Alamieyeseigha and later appointed as Special Assistant to then Minister of Petroleum Resources, HRM Edmond Daukoru.”
He was called by his people and got elected as Executive Governor of Bayelsa state and he was the brain behind the Presidential Amnesty Programme in 2009 which made him personally visited the creeks of the region to engage the then Militant and aggrieved youths of the Niger Delta on the need for peace and development of the region. And as a man who believes in transparency, Sylva joined hands with President Muhammad Buhari in 2015 and led to the prosperity in governance under APC administration led by President Muhammadu Buhari.”
“Mr. President saw his zeal, passion and love to serve his people to attract more significant development to the Niger Delta region, Sylva was appointed Minister Of Petroleum Resources state immediately after the 2019 presidential election. A position he has held and have been doing everything humanly possible to galvanize the oil and gas industry and repositioning it to Global recognition to massive high volume of crude oil production on daily basis. He is also engaging all stakeholders and the Host Communities in the region which has led to the existing sustainable peace in the region. And therefore any group of persons peddling such frivolous claim are wasting their time. All these positions held by Chief Timipre Sylva are verifiable. There is neither case of perjury nor forging of any school certificate or documents.”