How ONELGA Council Sponsored Don Wanny – Former CSO

Leader of the APC decampees Mr Richard Oburu speaking during the formal reception of the decampees by the State PDP Chairman, Bro Felix Ob...

Leader of the APC decampees Mr Richard Oburu speaking during the formal reception of the decampees by the State PDP Chairman, Bro Felix Obuah at the PDP secretariat, Port Harcourt.
The late serial killer, Ejima Igwedibia Johnson (aka Don Wanny) may have died and consigned into the dustbin of history but the mention of his name continues to evoke interest especially to the people of Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area (ONELGA), Rivers State where he unleashed mayhem during his reign of terror.

Consequently, facts have emerged on how the ONELGA Council under the administration of Hon. Austin Ahiamadu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) allegedly placed the late cult kingpin on a N2million monthly income.

Making the revelation on Friday, a one-time Chief Security Officer (CSO) to the ONELGA Council, Mr. Emenike Okirie said the N2million was part of the monthly largesse regularly doled out to Don Wanny.

Rivers PDP Chairman, Bro Felix Obuah addressing the APC decampees at the State PDP Secretariat, Port Harcourt
Okirie, who made the disclosure when he joined over 100 APC decampees to PDP at the party’s Secretariat in Port Harcourt on Friday, said it became necessary to speak out and tell the world the truth about Don Wanny and the background of his emergence.

“We were all in APC right from those early moment of Don Wanny madness up until yesterday when we said ‘enough is enough, let’s dump this useless party called APC and join the progressive train of PDP and use the chance to tell the world the truth about who the actual sponsor of Don Wanny was”, Okirie stated.

He said as someone who worked very closely with the former ONELGA Council Chairman, Hon Austin Ahiamadu, he could attest to Wanny’s activities with the former Council boss and also dispel insinuations being peddled by enemies and detractors of the State Chairman of the PDP, Bro. Felix Obuah and their failed attempt to drag his name to the evil activities of the late murderer.

“All those insinuations being bandied in the social media are works of detractors being sponsored by those who are desperate to bring down our brother and rubbish his hard earned reputation”, he said.

He disclosed that the late Don Wanny became a torn in the flesh of ONELGANS way back in 2014 when Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi held the reins of power in the State and that because the then Governor could not clip the criminal’s wings, the monthly payment of N2million became an option to put him on check.

“It is most unfortunate that today, because of politics, people have sold their conscience to blackmail an innocent man just to score cheap political point”, Okirie fumed.

The former ONELGA Council CSO said they decided to return to the PDP to thank Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike and Bro. Felix Obuah for restoring peace in the area and bringing Don Wanny’s reign of terror to an end.

He called on the nation’s security agencies not to relent on their continued investigation on Don Wanny, adding that though he and many members of his gang have been killed, the searchlight should now be directed on the relationship which the former ONELGA Council, Hon. Austin Ahiamadu had with Don Wanny during his stead as Council Chairman.

Earlier in his speech, the leader of the APC decampees, Mr. Richard Oburu said their decision to dump the APC was premised on what he called the ‘use and dump tactics’ of the Rotimi Amaechi led party in the State.

He lamented that nearly three years of APC rule at the center, not a single federal project has been brought to the State.  Oburu vowed that the people of ONELGA would pay the APC back in their own coin, come 2019 General Elections.

His words: “Presently in ONELGA, PDP controls with over 70% but we are assuring our amiable Governor, Nyesom Wike who has transformed the State beyond words, that with our exit from the APC, PDP will be boasting of 99% in ONELGA”.

This estimate, according to him, was borne out of the fact that the PDP ‘is not a greedy party and would not want to take everything so people would not think that there was no election in the area’.

Responding, the Chairman of PDP in the State, Bro. Felix Obuah said he has been vindicated by the decampees as he has never in his life associated with cultists or criminals.

“I know myself and I know the God I serve. I meant well for my people and have never one day contemplated or planned evil about anyone”, he said, adding that he has allowed God to judge and pay all those behind negative insinuations in the social media about him.

He said he has never and will never belong to a secret cult, restating: “I have invested so much for the development of ONELGA; all my businesses are established there and I have employed so many people and put food on their tables, therefore it would be an act of treachery for me to go round to destroy what I have labored all my life to build”.

APC decampee and former ONELGA Council CSO, Mr Emenike Okirie speaking at the reception of the decampees at the PDP secretariat, Port Harcourt.

Bro. Obuah disclosed that he had his primary, secondary and tertiary education in Omoku and was the pioneer President of the Federal College of Education (Technical), Omoku and challenged anyone to show proof that he had belonged to a cult group or bought gun or any weapon to promote violence in ONELGA.

 He charged the decampees to be united in the quest to build ONELGA, as he noted that they had no other place to call their home.

“Our forefathers had played their own part by building a place for us.  The part of improving on what they did lies on all of us. I am the happiest person today that this number of people has realized the truth and has come back to reunite with their brothers.

“The PDP has accepted all of you wholeheartedly and would not bear any grudge against anybody.  My humble appeal to all of you is to join hands with our amiable Governor, ‘Mr. Projects’ to cleanse the land and bring development to ONELGA and Rivers State in general”, said Bro. Obuah as shouts of ‘Mba Anabara Agu’ rented the air.

The State PDP boss further charged the decampees to be faithful and loyal party members, urging that each of them should register and obtain their membership cards as the PDP carries on the party’s membership registration exercise across the State.

“I also want to use this medium to appreciate His Excellency that in spite of the challenges we witnessed in our environment, he has not left us alone.  He has brought fiscal projects and human capacity building; and has not in any way sidetracked ONELGA.

“You could see ongoing projects like the road dualization work.  The previous regime of Rotimi Amaechi had on several occasions promised to execute that project to no avail.  Today, the work is ongoing and our youths have been employed and working”, he said, adding that even the Omoku General Hospital which had for years been begging for attention, now wears a new look, courtesy of Governor Nyesom Wike.

Signed:

Jerry Needam      

Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to Bro. Felix Obuah, PDP Chairman, Rivers State.

Monday, April 09, 2018.




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