From Tina Ezin, Calabar
A pressure group known as Project Niger Delta (PGN) has vowed to flush out corrupt leaders in the South South region to emancipate the people come 2023.
The National President of PGN, Princewill Ebebi stated this at the weekend in Calabar,while inaugurating the Cross River State chapter of the group.
The renowned activist lamented that the poor democratic practices, unemployment and bad leadership in the region are all caused by their political leaders who sold the rights of the people for their own selfish gains.
He said the mission of the group is to correct the wrongs by emancipating the people through responsive coordination to choose credible leaders in 2023.
Etebi stated, “If you look at the Niger Delta region, we discovered that 40 percent of our problem is from our own leaders, some are serving governors, some are past governors, the pains in the region are caused by our leaders but we want to put a stop to such leaders from any political office in 2023.
“We do not want them to pick any candidate for us; we do not want them to impose any candidate for us. What we are doing is that we want to choose leaders that care for the Niger Delta People, leaders that have the pains of the people at heart, that is why we decided to correct the wrongs in 2023 but our core mandate is to emancipate our people through responsive coordination.
“You know, in governance, if a governor is not doing well, the state will suffer, if a senator is not doing well, the senatorial district will suffer and if a local government chairman or a councilor is not doing well the local government will suffer and if you do not put the right people in those positions, people will suffer the consequence.
We stand for the emancipation of the Niger Delta region through responsive coordination and legitimate engagement with various stakeholders across the nine States of the region, in order for us to stop every wrong doing orchestrated by our leaders in the region.
According to Ebibe, that the group would checkmate agencies like the presidential amnesty program including multinational oil companies to compel them to do the needed development, equity, fairness and justice for collective development of the region.
He said the group has so far spread across six states in the region and is looking forward to inaugurate members in the remaining three States in the region.
The President charged the state chapter EXCOs to work vehemently to achieve it desired goal for the good of the people.
“So far so good, Cross River is the sixth state we are inaugurating. The task that lies ahead of us is for our collective good, in as much as you discharge your duties vehemently and nothing will stop you from profiting from it so that our leaders will take us serious.” He advised.
Speaking on behalf of the State Coordinator, Mr. Paul Odah and other EXCO members shortly after the inauguration, the Secretary, Mr. Ekpenyong Akiba appreciated the convener and pledged to work diligently.
He said, “Like our leader has rightly said, I must assure you that our efforts will not be in vain in Cross River State. We will start interactions immediately; these are issues concerning all of us, so collectively we will be able to activate all these visions and missions.”