Leaders of the Niger Delta region under the aegis of Pan Niger Delta Elders Forum (PANDEF), on Thursday night withdrew the November 1 ultimatum issued to the Federal Government to implement its 16-point agenda.
Briefing journalists after the meeting with the Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, the Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu said all the contentious issues were resolved.
According to him, “Several issues were discussed issues relating to University at Okerenkeko, issues related to development in Niger Delta generally, issues related to the amnesty program and how well it is working, issues related to NDDC operations in Niger Delta.
“It was very exhaustive, we looked at the 16 point agenda how far we have gone.
“Today was environment of peace, calm friendliness and mutual dialoguing of issues so that they will understand where we are coming from and some of the most pressing concerns that they have.
“Obviously PANDEF as a very responsible organisation always alerts us where there is an alarm bell that is going on. I think I see the ultimatum more in terms of alarm bell. Small urgency that is required to do certain things. It is not an alarm in the sense of we are going to pull off the top relationship.
“They did in fact placed their loyalty and their willingness to work with us to find solutions to the problems and the Acting President took notes of them.
“It wasn’t an ultimatum it was a warning for the needs of urgency. The alarm is that we need to hurry up with a lot of problems, people are frustrated, people are tired. People want to see positive action in all the problems.
“They probably think that we are not fast as we should be.”
“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 take place.