MOSOP Reacts to Communique of Sakpenwa Meeting Held on Saturday, June 22nd, 2019

The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) has reacted sharply to a communique issues at the end of last week's meeting in Sakpenwa, Tai local government area. In a statement by the General Secretary of MOSOP, the organisation said the communique was deceptive, fraudulent and intended to deceive the public.

Below is the statement reproduced verbatim:

The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) is persuaded to respond to a document circulated on the online media and titled: COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE END OF THE OGONI MULTI-STAKEHOLDERS MEETING HELD ON SATURDAY, JUNE 22ND, 2019 AT SAKPENWA, TAI LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA
 
MOSOP wouldn't have considered it necessary to respond to this document but for its potent to misinform the unsuspecting public. To say the least, this document is a fraud concocted by its sponsors with the clear intent to deceive the public.
 
We want to put on record that MOSOP Did Not Sign the said Document as claimed and represented in the communique.
 
We are particular about the inclusion of Comrade Legborsi Saro Pyagbara, a former president of MOSOP who in the document is mischievously designated as the President of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP).
 
MOSOP wishes to make clear that its president is Mr. Fegalo Nsuke and not Legborsi Saro Pyagbara. We re-iterate that the tenure of Legborsi Saro Pyagbara elapsed constitutionally on December 31, 2018 and an election which saw the emergence of Mr. Fegalo Nsuke as its new president was conducted on December 19, 2018.
 
Nsuke took over as president of MOSOP on January 1, 2019 and on January 4, 2019 (popularly referred to as the Ogoni day) he addressed the Ogoni people in Bori, the traditional headquarter of the Ogoni people.
 
The constitution of MOSOP states in article 5, sub 3(c) as follows:
 
"Members of either the Central or Executive Committee shall hold office for three years in the first instance but may be re-elected for another term"
 
Based on this constitutional provision, Legborsi Pyagbara was elected president of MOSOP in December 2012 and assumed office on January 1, 2013. He re-contested and was reelected for a second term of three years in December 2015 which elapsed on December 31, 2018.
 
Pyagbara therefore cannot make any valid claim to the presidency of MOSOP as our constitution is very explicit on the tenure of its officers. His efforts to be a live president of MOSOP is mischievous, embarrassing and we regret that he allowed himself to be used and sponsored to create crises in Ogoni.
 
It is therefore our position that the dubious recognition of Pyagbara as president of MOSOP and particularly his inclusion amongst the signatories to the communique completely discredits and invalidates the entire exercise which led to the aforementioned communique..
 
We will further urge the general public to discountenance the content of the said communique as it is simply a misrepresentation of the facts and a complete fraud.