The Calabar Declaration That Produced Jonathan Was Drafted By Me~ Sen. Abe

The Calabar Declaration That Produced Jonathan Was Drafted By Me~ Sen. Abe


By Lanre Oguntoyinbo:
Sen. Abe

Senate Committee Chairman on Petroleum (Downstream), Senator Magnus Ngei Abe, has said he single-handedly drafted the famous ‘Calabar Declaration’ of the South-South Peoples Assembly (SSPA), which demanded that President Goodluck Jonathan should run for the 2011 presidential race.

Abe, who is representing Rivers South-East senatorial district in the National Assembly disclosed this on Sunday evening while speaking at Baen community in Khana Local Government Area of Rivers State, during a 2013 sensitisation of the state strategic empowerment programme.
He said: “They are talking about the Federal Government. They are talking about supporting Jonathan. Is it not? We are talking about South-South president, not so? The question for the South-South president started in Calabar with the Calabar Declaration by the South-South Peoples Assembly (SSPA).
“I, Magnus Ngei Abe, drafted the Calabar declaration in my own hand writing, quote me. Tony Momoh was there. Koko, the former SSG of Cross River State, was there. We did it in his office, and I drafted it. An Ogoni son drafted the Calabar Declaration.”
Abe expressed regrets that despite the huge support and votes President Jonathan got from Rivers State and Ogoniland in particular, the Federal Government had not deemed it fit to implement the recommendations of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) on Ogoni environment, as well
as complete work on the Bodo-Bonny and East-West road projects.
The senator said: “We are talking about the rights of the Niger Delta, it was the Ogoni people that died for the rights of the Niger Delta.
That was the foundation of the Calabar declaration. We are talking about a South-South President, in 2011 when Jonathan was elected, Rivers people unanimously elected Jonathan as President of Nigeria. Nobody brought one kobo to Rivers State.
“We sponsored our election, we settled our differences, and we delivered the votes together, all of us. Here in Ogoni, there was no dissenting voice. All of us came together and said the presidency was our turn. Today the UNEP report is hanging. Is it being implemented? They said that if we ask questions, they would finish us.
“Nobody can finish us! The Bodo-Bonny road was started by Abdusalami Abubakar. Was he from the Niger Delta? What is the state of the road today? Is it going on? Nobody can intimidate us! Paul Okontimo came here and he left, Ogoni is still here. They will come and go, Ogoni will be here.
“We have asked questions in the interest of Rivers State and instead of people to seat with us and answer the question that we are asking, they are saying that they would remove the governor. They drive us into the sea, they will bring militants to come and chase us. When we were campaigning in 2011, did you see militants? Today, they are the ones riding
jets. They are the ones with all the money,” he said.

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By Lanre Oguntoyinbo:
Sen. Abe

Senate Committee Chairman on Petroleum (Downstream), Senator Magnus Ngei Abe, has said he single-handedly drafted the famous ‘Calabar Declaration’ of the South-South Peoples Assembly (SSPA), which demanded that President Goodluck Jonathan should run for the 2011 presidential race.

Abe, who is representing Rivers South-East senatorial district in the National Assembly disclosed this on Sunday evening while speaking at Baen community in Khana Local Government Area of Rivers State, during a 2013 sensitisation of the state strategic empowerment programme.
He said: “They are talking about the Federal Government. They are talking about supporting Jonathan. Is it not? We are talking about South-South president, not so? The question for the South-South president started in Calabar with the Calabar Declaration by the South-South Peoples Assembly (SSPA).
“I, Magnus Ngei Abe, drafted the Calabar declaration in my own hand writing, quote me. Tony Momoh was there. Koko, the former SSG of Cross River State, was there. We did it in his office, and I drafted it. An Ogoni son drafted the Calabar Declaration.”
Abe expressed regrets that despite the huge support and votes President Jonathan got from Rivers State and Ogoniland in particular, the Federal Government had not deemed it fit to implement the recommendations of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) on Ogoni environment, as well
as complete work on the Bodo-Bonny and East-West road projects.
The senator said: “We are talking about the rights of the Niger Delta, it was the Ogoni people that died for the rights of the Niger Delta.
That was the foundation of the Calabar declaration. We are talking about a South-South President, in 2011 when Jonathan was elected, Rivers people unanimously elected Jonathan as President of Nigeria. Nobody brought one kobo to Rivers State.
“We sponsored our election, we settled our differences, and we delivered the votes together, all of us. Here in Ogoni, there was no dissenting voice. All of us came together and said the presidency was our turn. Today the UNEP report is hanging. Is it being implemented? They said that if we ask questions, they would finish us.
“Nobody can finish us! The Bodo-Bonny road was started by Abdusalami Abubakar. Was he from the Niger Delta? What is the state of the road today? Is it going on? Nobody can intimidate us! Paul Okontimo came here and he left, Ogoni is still here. They will come and go, Ogoni will be here.
“We have asked questions in the interest of Rivers State and instead of people to seat with us and answer the question that we are asking, they are saying that they would remove the governor. They drive us into the sea, they will bring militants to come and chase us. When we were campaigning in 2011, did you see militants? Today, they are the ones riding
jets. They are the ones with all the money,” he said.

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