Nosa Akenzua, Asaba
The leadership tussle that has unsettled the oil bearing Ogbe-Ani community in Ndokwa west local government area of Delta state has been resolved by the state government.
With the feuding parties at peace at present, it was gathered that the crisis had revolved around the leadership of Ogbe Ani Community Development Committee (CDC) Community Accredited Contact Committee (CACC) and the court suit with the Board of Energia Oil Company where N101million was awarded against the community.
But Delta state sensing dangers in the brewing crisis, intervened through the office of the Special Adviser to the Governor on Peace Building and Conflict Resolution, Chief Edwin Uzor, whereby the people conceded positions to ensure peace after several meetings with the representatives of the state government led by Chief Uzor.
At the last meeting convened in Asaba, the dissolution of Chief Daniel Oba Ogun led CDC by Ogbe Ani Okpara Uku in Council and election of a new CDC Chairman, Mr Charles Enemuwe and Secretary, Emeke Ikimi was upheld.
The people also agreed that nominations into vacant positions in the community must be expanded to accommodate representatives of constituents families as well as the integration of some disbanded Ogbe Ani Community Accredited Contact Committee ( CACC).
Meanwhile, it was agreed that the Enegia CACC Board inaugurated in 2016 for a four year term would expire in September 2020 while the tenure of the Community Youth Chairman stood expired and in addition to the setting up a Constitution Drafting Committee and Global Memorandum of Understanding ( GMoU) between the community and oil Companies Operating in the area.
Addressing Journalists in Asaba at the end of the meeting, Chief Uzor said that the factions had reached an agreement and urged the community to live together in peace so that oil companies Operating in the community would respect them, adding” those of us in court are advised to go to court and withdraw for unity and peace to continue’
While expressing gratitude to Chief Uzor for mediating, one of the faction leaders , Chief Oba Ogu noted that though he was aware that the body that installed him as CDC Chairman had the powers to depose him,his anger was fuelled by manner in which it was done.