The leaders of the Niger Delta region under the aegis of Pan Niger Delta Elders Forum, PANDEF, Thursday night withdrew the ultimatum issued to the Federal Government on some of the their grievances.Briefing journalists after the meeting, the leader of PANDEF, Chief Edwin Clark said that the ultimatum has been withdrawn and that the region agreed to work together with government. He said, “The meeting was excellent. We met with Mr Acting President and the discussion was very honest, truthful, forthright. We are very very satisfied.
“No more ultimatum. We agreed on many things. They came with their own address, the ministers all spoke, presented their cases and at the end, the Acting President rounded it up. We saw his genuineness, forthrightness, he is a gentleman. We are satisfied. We have agreed to work together and the issue of dialogue must to take place. The message back home is that we had the opportunity to meet with Mr Acting President we discussed our 16-point agenda and government’s 20-point agenda and we are all satisfied.
We all agreed that everyone should maintain peace.” On why the Niger Delta people are not speaking with one voice he said, “We are speaking with one voice.” On the recent statement by the MEND disassociating themselves from PANDEF, he said “MEND was in the meeting. Jomo gbomo does not exist as a human being, that us a ghost Name, fake name. Other organizations were here. “I am the leader of the Niger delta and every leader you can think of from cross river to Ondo state were all here today.”