Tony Ita Etim, Port Harcourt
Worried by the ongoing leadership tussle in the Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People, MOSOP, some leaders of thought in the kingdom have intervened to end the crisis
Former MOSOP president, Barristter Leedum Mitee disclosed this in a press statement issued in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, after a meeting of Ogoni leaders
A statement signed by Mitee, who is also the convener of the peace meeting reads “Following recent developments within the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP), some past Leaders and Activists of the Movement, Leaders of Thought and Elders from Ogoni met on Wednesday, 20th January, 2016, to seek means of resolving the crisis and properly reposition the Movement.”
Mitee continued that “At the end of the meeting, a Resolution Committee was set up comprising Ledum Mitee, Professor Don Baridam, Dr. Meshach Karanwi, Rev. Dr. Abraham Olungwe, Lenusikpugi Kpagih, Chief Monday Abueh and Ms Rose Nwigani, to meet with all sides, Traditional rulers and other Leaders from the area, with a view to resolving the crisis and reposition the Movement appropriately in order to meet its avowed objectives.
The meeting appealed to all sides to the present crisis to cooperate with the Resolution Committee and to refrain from actions or public statements capable of undermining the current peace process.
MOSOP is currently undergoing a leadership tussle following the emergence of parallel executives with each claiming to be the duly elected leadership.
On Wednesday, December 30, 2015 there an election took place at the Peace and Freedom Centre, Bori in Khana local government area to elect a new leadership for the apex Ogoni organisation.
After the election, Mr Legborsi Pyagbara was declared re-elected by the electoral committee having defeated Chief Mike Nwidibie with about 61 votes.
The next day, Nwidibie, who diaputed the reection of Pyagbara claimed the election tha produced Pyagbara was inconclusve, therefore another election was held at the same venue, where he was duly elected MOSOP president, alongside other members of the executive committee.
The leadership tussle took a new twist following the swearing-in of Nwidibie executive by His Royal Majesty, King G. N. Giniwa, a foremost traditional ruler in Ogoniland.
The Pyagbara executive issued statement that it was not an Ogoni practice to swear in MOSOP executive and Giniwa therefore uas no right to swear in Nwidibie as MOSOP president.