A coalition of three civil society organisations has demanded the resignation of the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, alleging that the governor took sides with Shell Petroleum Development Company on the controversy surrounding the control of OML 25 in Akuku-Toru LGA of the state.
The CSOs also said the Federal Government flouted the Local Content law by renewing the oil mining licence of Shell Petroleum Development Company without considering the capability of an indigenous oil firm, Belemaoil Producing Limited.
The CSOs, International Society for Social Justice and Human Rights, Justice Advocates du Internationale, and Electorate Rights Defence and Education Network, also urged the Federal Government to revoke Shell’s mining licence, insisting it was issued in error.
The leader of the coalition, Jackson Omenazu, said at a press conference on Monday that the governor should have supported the oil-producing communities in Akuku-Toru, who wanted an indigenous oil firm to operate in the area.
Reminded that it was the Federal Government that renewed Shell’s licence to operate in Akuku-Toru, Omenazu, who is the chancellor, International Society for Social Justice and Human Rights, said the state governor should have gone to court against the action of the apex government.
“As it were, and coming to terms with all manner of reasonableness, we are hereby calling for immediate resignation of the incumbent Governor of Rivers State, Chief Nyesom Wike, for failing to secure the interest, and protect the lives, integrity of the good people of Rivers State, who faithfully, trustfully and truthfully elected him to that highly exalted office.”