Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, on Thursday, June 3, arrived Oporoza in Gbaramatu Kingdom to appeal to the former militant commander of Movement for Emancipation of Niger Delta (MEND), Chief Government Ekpemupolo popularly known as Tompolo, to rescind his decision about the ultimatum of inaugurating a substantive board for the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
Tompolo had issued a seven-day ultimatum to the federal government for the inauguration of the board.
Akpabio was received at the Osubi Airport in Delta State by the state Deputy Governor, Deacon Kingsley Otuaro and his younger brother, Chief Dennis Otuaro en route to Oporoza.
According to the grapevine, the move is to pacify and plead with the former MEND leader to withdraw the ultimatum which has since been generating tension of possible fresh unrest in the Niger-Delta.
Recently the Gbaramatu chief had warned of consequences if after seven days beginning from May 30, Akpabio and the Federal Government fail to inaugurate the substantive board for the commission.
Nigerdeltaconnect gathered that the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva and the Presidential Amnesty Programme boss, Milland Dixon Dikio, were part of Akpabio’s entourage.
As of the time of filing this report the details of the meeting between the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs and the former MEND leader are still sketchy.
As the days, hours and minutes tick away, the critical question on the lips of most Niger Deltans is: Will Tompolo listen to pleas by Akpabio or he will go ahead with his threat?