Abe frowns at removal of NDDC finance chief, replacement with Amaechi’s kinsman

Posted by News Express | 28 January 2019 | 1,167 times

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•Senator Abe

The Senator representing Rivers South-East Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Senator Magnus Ngei Abe, has insisted that the struggle to enthrone equal rights and justice among members of the party in Rivers State will continue.

Abe stated this in reaction to the removal of Mr. Derek Mene as the Executive Director, Finance and Administration (EDFA) on the Board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

Abe, in a statement issued by his spokesperson, Parry Saroh Benson said no amount of arm-twisting will make him abandon the struggle for justice.

The statement reads: “Our struggle predates the present Board of the NDDC, and will outlive the dissolution of the Board.

“No manner of strong-arm tactics will compel us to give up the struggle. If anything, every act of injustice strengthens our resolve.

“First, let me thank the President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, President Muhammadu Buhari for the privilege given to the two prominent Rivers Sons, Mr. Derek Lenyie Mene who served as Executive Director, Finance and Administration of the NDDC and Iboroma Harry who served as the Rivers State Commissioner on the Board.

“However, it is an open secret that Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Amaechi had long threatened to remove Mr. Mene from the commission for his principled stand on issues of injustice and fairness in Rivers politics,  particularly as it affects the marginalisation of the people of Rivers South-East Senatorial District in the leadership of the state.

“Coincidentally, the only executive removed in the dissolution of the board is Mr. Derek Mene and his position has now been given to someone from Rivers East Senatorial District, the home district of the Minister and present Governor of the State,” he said. 

Senator Abe, however, thanked President Muhammadu Buhari, the Minister of Transportation and all leaders of the APC for the opportunity given to the two illustrious sons of the State to serve in the commission; saying, “l am particularly proud of Mr. Mene, who stood his ground in the face of a vicious campaign of hate, calumny, threat, intimidation, and deprivation.”

He said Mene refused to make enemies on instruction and remained open to everyone, “Positions, money and, power, will come and go but truth and honour are everlasting.

“Let me assure all lovers of justice in APC that the struggle for fairness, equity, justice and respect for our members in the APC is no way affected by the dissolution of NDDC Board.

He urged party members who are considering to decamp to other political parties to be patient and prayerful as the crises in the party is created by one man who thinks he has power over his fellow men, but God is supreme.

“Our struggle will continue until the God of justice speaks and every other voice of oppression, injustice, and falsehood will be silenced,” Abe maintained.

Source: News Express

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