2 November 2012

Nigeria: Oil Wells - Allegation By Gov Amaechi, Kalabari Elders Irresponsible - Jonathan

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President Goodluck Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan may have summoned the Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi to Abuja yesterday over ongoing rift between Rivers and Bayelsa states concerning five oil wells allegedly ceded to the latter.

Amaechi who was accompanied by Kalabari monarchs and elders had maintained their ground that the oil wells were ceded with the connivance of the presidency.

A top presidency told LEADERSHIP that Jonathan, who had been overwrought by allegations of his involvement in the matter, invited Governor Amaechi along with the Kalabari elders to a meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

According to the source, the meeting which may take place this weekend is a peace meeting to calm the frayed nerves of stakeholders, including President Jonathan who is said to be angry at the what he considers information devoid of facts presented in the media by the Rivers State governor and the Kalabari elders just to implicate him in a matter he is innocent about.

In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, the president had denied the allegations of the Kalabari National Forum and some monarchs that he was behind plans to "cede five Rivers State's oil communities to his native Bayelsa".

Abati described the allegations as irresponsible and most unfortunate especially coming from people believed to be respectable in the society.

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