The DESOPADEC Indigenous Contractors Forum has disclaimed an alleged planned protest by its members against the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (DESOPADEC) on Monday, 30th November 2021.
According to the Forum, the planned protest is orchestrated by a chieftain of the opposition party to instigate social unrest to truncate the relative peace in the mandate areas of DESOPADEC.
A refutal letter addressed to the Delta State Commissioner of Police and signed by the Forum’s Chairman, Chief James Tangbowei (JP) and Secretary, Engr. Ogie Samson, confirmed that the signatories to the letter proposing a protest were not members of the Forum and lacks the authority to act on behalf of the forum.
The statement dated 25th November 2021 and titled, REFUTAL OF THE INTENDED PROTEST LETTER BY MESSERS FIDELIS ETE URUGBO AND DAVID EKARIKO, therefore urged all concerned authorities and stakeholders to disregard the said letter, hence the Forum is not a party to it.
The authentic leadership of the DESOPADEC Indigenous Contractors Forum, however requested for an authorized investigation by the Police to unravel the true mission of the impostors who are hell-bent on tarnishing the good image of the Forum.
The Forum alleged that their findings revealed that the planned protest is orchestrated by an opposition party chieftain whose aim is to instigate social unrest in the mandate area of DESOPADEC and truncate the relative peace in the state, in spite of the existing cordial relationship the Forum has with the current Board and Management of DESOPADEC.
The refutal letter reads:
REFUTAL OF THE INTENDED PROTEST LETTER SENT TO YOUR OFFICE BY MESSERS FIDELIS ETE URUGBO AND DAVID EKARIKO
“Sequel to the letter sent to you (copy attached) on the 22nd November, 2021, by Messers Fidelis Ete Urugbo and David Ekariko purporting to be Chairman and secretary of our Forum intimating you of an intended protest against DESOPADEC on 30th November 2021.
“We the authentic leadership of the DESOPADEC Indigenous Contractors Forum wish to disclaim any planned protest of any form by any of our members or impostors as in this instance as the signatories to the said letter are not our members and have no authority to send any letter on behalf of our forum.
“We are by this letter appealing to you as a matter of urgency to disregard the said letter (attached) as we are not party to it. We also use this opportunity to request that you authorise an investigation by the Police to unravel the true mission of these impostors who are out to tarnish the good image of our Forum.
“Our preliminary findings have revealed that the planned protest is orchestrated by a chieftain of the opposition party to instigate social unrest for political gains which could truncate the relative peace in the mandate area of DESOPADEC in this festive season.
“Our forum has enjoyed a very cordial relationship with the current Board and Management of DESOPADEC.”