Prominent Ijaw leader, Ediwn Clark, has spoken about what transpired during the meeting between Niger Delta Elders and the Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday.
Clark noted that the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) was present at the meeting and denied that the group had withdrawn from the Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF), as stated by its spokesperson Jomo Gbomo.
He described Gbomo as a non-existent entity, saying it is a “fake name”.
“MEND was in the meeting. Jomo Gbomo does not exist as a human being, that is a ghost name, fake name,” Clark said.
“Other organisations were here. I am the leader of the Niger Delta and every leader you can think of from Cross River to Ondo state were all here today”, he added.
Clark described the discussion with Osinbajo as “honest, truthful, forthright,” adding that they were “very satisfied”.
He said: “No more ultimatum. We agreed on many things. They came with their own address, the ministers all spoke, presented their cases and at the end, the Acting President rounded it up.
“We saw his genuineness, forthrightness, he is a gentleman. We are satisfied. We have agreed to work together and the issue of dialogue must take place.
“The message we are sending back home is that we had the opportunity to meet with Mr Acting President, we discussed our 16-point agenda and government’s 20-point agenda and we are all satisfied. We all agreed that everyone should maintain peace.”
The Niger Delta stakeholders have already withdrawn their November 1 ultimatum given to the federal government.