Ogonis following Amaechi are executive beggars – Needam


The Special Adviser on Media to the Chairman, Rivers State Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Jerry Needam says a tiny number of Ogoni people pretending to be Gov Rotimi Amaechi’s supporters are hunger stricken beggars, contract seekers and visionless few who do not have the interest of the Ogoni people at heart.

 Needam who spoke to journalists in Port Harcourt on Monday, said there could not have been any other reason for what he called unholy alliance with Amaechi than gluttony and hunger, stressing that it’s better to be honourable in poverty than going back to one’s vomit to satisfy one’s hunger.

Needam recalled that a few of these double faced Ogoni men now romancing with Amaechi had at several fora and press briefings roundly condemned the governor and anything he represents, regretting that these same men who had vowed not to work or have anything to do with Amaechi are now claiming to be his supporters and mouthpiece in Ogoni land.

The State PDP chairman’s Media Adviser wondered what it is that they have suddenly seen in Rotimi Amaechi that has made them go back to lick their vomit.

Needam said that “comments emanating from these fair weather politicians in Ogoni, who had since 1999 stood against Rotimi Amaechi, even when he was Speaker, Rivers State House of Assembly through 2007, during the governorship crisis show that all they need today from Amaechi is nothing but contracts, empowerment and political appointments.

He noted that they must be doing so for no other reason than to corner the money that should have been used to develop Ogoni and the unequipped and abandoned model schools they are counting as Amaechi’s achievements in the area.

He advised Ogoni people to disregard the “deceptive voice of these crafty unpopular political executive beggars and contractors who are seeking relevance from Amaechi.”

Needam warned them to desist forthwith from using the name of Ogoni in their shameless journey, stressing that genuine Ogoni men with courage and character are watching.

“It is unfortunate that people who have lean reputation in Ogoni would applaud the actions and arrogance of the State Governor against the patriotic advice of Ogoni leaders like the former President of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People, MOSOP, Ledum Mitee, former Vice Chancellor, University of Port Harcourt, Prof. Don Baridam and other revered Ogoni leaders,” Needam said.

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