The South-south Emerging Leaders Forum (SELF) has warned the publisher of an online medium Jackson Ude, to stop “his blackmail against some leaders of the South-south extraction or face the consequence.”

A statement signed Monday by the Secretary of the forum, Dr Preye Johnson, asked Ude to prove his recent allegation against the Minister of State for Petroleum Chief Timipre Sylva and the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Local Content Board Engr. Simbi Wabote.

Ude through his medium recently accused the duo of bribery scandal in the choice of Saipem, an Italian company in Bonny NLNG Train 7 contract.

But responding to the allegation, SELF wondered “why Ude has always been blackmailing appointees from the region, adding that people from other regions will rather embrace their own in government rather than tarnish their image”.

The group, however, called on Nigerians to throw such allegation, described as malicious into the dustbin, adding that the duo of Timipre Sylva and Simbi Wabote have not committed any wrongdoing in discharging their constitutional duties.

“We strongly condemn the allegation leveled by and its sponsors, this is highly condemnable and viewed as a sponsored plot to instigate hate against the Minister and derail his concentrations. This is ridiculous and belittling of Jackson Ude, the face behind this blackmail for being petty to the ground level for publishing tissues of lies about the persons of Timipre Sylva and Simbi Wabote.

“Nigerians should not believe this and throw it into the dust bin.
It’s incumbent on all well-meaning Nigerians to support the positive drive of the Minister and collaborate with him, towards the actualization of the onerous task at stake.”

The forum specifically asked the Publisher of the online medium to prove his allegation beyond blackmail, alleging that ” the controversial Jackson Ude is afraid to return to Nigeria because of his shadow”.

The forum said: “it will henceforth resist criminality by deploying all known instrumental of law to fight the faces behind these tissues of lies.”


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