Benikrukru community leaders pass confidence vote on Ojogun-led exco
By Jimmy Lace, Warri
THE people of Benikrukru Community in Warri South-West Local Government Area of Delta State have said the Chief Jeffrey Ojogun led executive remains the recognized community executive and vowed to resist any attempt to truncate the peace and security agenda of Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan.
At a general meeting held at the weekend in Benikrukru Community Town Hall and attended by who is who in the community, the people frowned at the action of some few who plotted the dissolution of the Chief Ojogun led administration urging them to thread the path of peace.
Apparently reacting to a press statement on the dissolution of the Chief Jeffrey Ojogun led executive, those who attended the meeting including Dr. Philip Tonfawei, Apostle Johnson Bibogha (JP), Pastor Blessing Totor, Chief Aaron Ifitimo (The Bebeboghawei of Gbaramatu Kingdom), Chief Paris Imoun (The Sukorewei of Gbaramatu Kingdom) and Mrs. Elizabeth Lagbo said the dissolution is illegal and unconstitutional.
They said the people of Benikrukru Community are peace loving and law abiding, adding that any action that is capable of disrupting the peace of the area and that of the entire state would not be encouraged.
According to them, the Chief Jeffrey Ojogun led executive is credible and generally accepted by the community.
Also speaking, the Secretary of Benikrukru Community Peace Committee, Reverend Samson Amajene, Victor Kiriodougha (President, Benikrukru Youth Development Movement), Mrs. Felicia Clement, Pa. James Pupu, Elder Thursday Eddi, Capt. Thomas Tonlagha, Mr. Kaki Tinwei and Comrade Christopher Wuruyai (Vice-President, Gbaramatu Youth Council) stated that the Chief Jeffrey Ojogun led executive tenure would elapse by October, 2013.
While saying that the entire Community was taken by surprise by the purported dissolution of the Chief Jeffrey Ojogun led executive, the people of Benikrukru enjoined the public to disregard the action of those who carried it out, saying that they are on their own and enjoined the people of Benikrukru Community and oil companies operating in the area to be calm and go about their normal activities.
The Secretary of Benikrukru Community Peace Committee, Reverend Samson Amajene, “As a matter of fact there have been some little hitches in the community and we have been mediating to ensure that peace is ensured in the community. We were therefore surprised to hear that the Exco has been dissolved. I want to say that the executive is not dissolved yet because their tenure ends October, 2013. We have mediated a peace process which must be allowed to continue. I want to therefore say that the executive is still in place and intact.”
Victor Kiriodougha (President, Benikrukru Youth Development Movement) said that; “We were shocked when we heard that they have dissolved the community executive because their tenure has not expired. It will expire in October 2013. The man that stands for peace in this community is not aware that they have dissolved the executive. So it is a shock to the youths that the Chief Jeffrey led Executive has been dissolved. But I want members of the public to know that the executive is not dissolved till this year. So we want the public to disregard the information.”
On his part, Comrade Christopher Wuruyai (Vice-President, Gbaramatu Youth Council) stated that “I was shocked when I heard the news this morning that Benikrukru Executive led by Chief Jeffrey Ojogun has been dissolved. I am here to tell the public that the action of those people does not have the backing of the entire community. This kind of report can cause violent in the community. But as far as I am concerned the peace initiative that has been put in place by the state and Federal Government, we are going to abide by it. Those that are not happy with a section of the community should follow the peace process and stop coming out with report that can cause violence. Chief Jeffrey Ojogun is the only Chairman of Benikrukru community.”
The man in the eye of the storm, Chief Jeffrey Ojogun, the Amadiwei/Chairman of Benikrukru Community speaking during the meeting expressed gratitude to the people of the community for throwing their weight behind his administration, with a promise to attract more development to the area before the expiration of his tenure in October, 2013.
He said; “I am very grateful to the confidence all of you have reposed in my executives at this emergency meeting. We should put the purported dissolution behind us and forge ahead as one people; those who carried out this action are trying to cause disunity in our community and this is unacceptable to us. They are advised to thread the path of peace and promote the peace and security of our dynamic Governor Uduaghan.”
He added that “For the purpose of the press I want to make it loud and clear that I am still the Chairman of Benikrukru community. As far as the people are with me I still remain the chairman. Nobody can say that I do not have any right to still remain the chairman because of the publication they have done. As far as the community is still with me I have full confident. This leadership is still in place for the past two years and two months now. I have made sure that there is peace in Benikrukru community. As for Chevron operations, we will make sure that there is no pipeline vandalism, no oil theft for this period. It has not happened before and the people and Chevron know quite well. And the decision they took in a hotel in Warri is not having the backing of the community, where we are now is the town hall of Benikrukru community and any decision taken here is binding.”
“Any other thing they did in a hotel in Warri is null and void. For the purpose of this gathering I will say on behalf of the people of Benikrukru community, we will take decision here that we are one and there is no going back and all the people that they copied in their said letter, we are addressing them now that this is Benikrukru community speaking, and if there is something that is going wrong we can put it right. So we are telling the people that they have copied that there is no security threat in this community. We are a peace loving people of the state and the country,” he said.
According to him, “I also want to thank the community for restoring the confidence that they have reposed on me. On behalf of the executive I want to thank the entire people of Benikrukru community for restoring hope and confidence on the entire executive. We promised that we are going to put more infrastructures in the community that people will not even dream about in the next 10 or 11 months that we have in office to serve.”