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The Ogoni Community Development Network has faulted expansion of the Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People, MOSOP, committee by Senator Magnus Abe, representing Rivers South-East Senatorial Zone

Johnson Kuele, President of Ogoni Community Development Network in a statement on Friday said Senator Abe had no right to expand the committee.

This came in respect to reports that the committee was expanded by Senator Abe in his private home during a new year party.

The group described the action as absolutely wrong, dictatorial, a distortion and invalid.

The statement read “OCDN expresses its concern about media reports indicating that a committee which was set up by MOSOP to develop a template for investors was expanded by Senator Magnus Abe in his private home during a new year party last Wednesday.

“OCDN states that no decision of the expanded committee can be valid as it lacks the support of the same authority which put the initial five-man committee in place.

“The expansion of the committee therefore is absolutely a useless exercise as Senator Abe lacks every mandate to sit in his private home to expand a committee set up by the people under MOSOP.

“The OCDN therefore rejects every decision taken under the Senator Abe’s expended committee.

“OCDN therefore condemns this impunity, rejects the re-constitution and expansion of a people-based committee to include Senator Abe’s cronies.

“We are very concerned about developments in Nigeria’s Ogoniland and reject this action as it is not only illegitimate to alter a people-based decision by the dictates of one man at a New Year party in his private home but also distorts the neutrality of the committee.”

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