An anti-corruption group based in Bayelsa, the Credible Leadership For Peace and Development Movement (CLPDM) has called on president Mohammadu Buhari to disregard what it referred to as the 'coup' being orchestrated by some politicians to remove the Acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Prof. Nelson Brambaifa from office.
The group, which pointed accusing fingers at some unnamed political gladiators and enemies of the Niger Delta region, noted that all the recent criticisms and petitions to the anti-graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) were concocted by the politicians to vilify the NDDC helmsman before President Muhammad Buhari so as to trigger his none confirmation and removal.
The group, in a statement issued yesterday in Yenagoa and signed by its National Coordinator, Comr. Markson Agbana, stated that though the people of the region have resolved to give Professor Nelson Brambaifa the support needed to actualise the President Muhammadu Buhari dream in the region, the anti-Niger Delta elements behind the fictitious protests and petitions should stop and allow development in the region.
The statement reads in parts: "we are using this medium to send a sound warning to those few selfish politicians, within and outside the APC, particularly in Bayelsa state, who want to rubbish the name of Prof. Brambaifa so that the president may replace him with their own choice of substantive M.D. of NDDC to stop the campaign of calumny against him forthwith.
“The M.D. of NDDC has always been rotated among the states of the Niger Delta and it is the time of Bayelsa to produce a substantive MD hence we were happy when a technocrat of no mean repute in the person of Prof. Nelson Brambaifa, a Bayelsan, emerged.
“His emergence in few months has brought rapid transformation and transparent management of the commission in line with the aims and objectives of the NDDC.
“Prof Nelson Brambaifa is a Bayelsan and should therefore be confirmed substantive M.D. of the NDDC in the spirit of peace, equity, justice and fairness.
“We urge president Muhammadu Buhari as a principled leader to avoid being misled by the selfish desires of a few to take actions that are capable of further distabilizing the already volatile Niger Delta region.
“Brambaifa is not a politician and should therefore not be dragged into politics. He should not be distracted by those who do not mean well for the overall development of the Niger Delta.
"Let it be known to the detractors of Prof. Brambaifa that Bayelsans will not sacrifice its own NDDC's leadership slot on the alter of cheap propaganda borne out of selfishness and jealousy of a few who want, by all means, to plant their appendage as managing director of NDDC in order to satisfy their large appetite for greed".
"Obviously, we know those behind this offensive of character assassination against Prof. Brambaifa; we know their usual antics and we know their motives.
"We will not keep quiet for the slot of Bayelsa by to be given to someone who is not competent and lacks capacity to bring transformation to NDDC even if the person is a Bayelsan"