Speaking on our breakfast television programme, Sunrise Daily Mr Uranta, stated that the former governor who has remained a prominent Ijaw leader, played a prominent role in the prevailing amnesty that has restored peace to the Niger Delta and therefore deserves the pardon.
“Alamieyeseigha contributed enormously to the on-going amnesty in the Niger Delta and every Nigerian is currently benefitting from because via the increased crude oil production that has doubled after the amnesty” he said.
“He played a great role in helping to keep peace in the country and he done his time in prison” he added.
The Presidential ally also drew the ethnic sentiment when he asked that “should Alamieyeseigha not be pardoned because he is a minority?”
He further asked why there is no similar brouhaha over the other beneficiaries of the pardon that came from other major tribes in the country.
“Why the focus on Alamieyeseigha when coupists are amongst those that were pardoned?”
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JIMI DISU: I must admit that TONY URANTA made a point I had never thought of in my initial reaction to the pardon granted ALAMS,in fact i am sure that even the President might begun to think that maybe he should have hired his friend Tony to do okupes job,rather than the bulldog attitude of okupe.Tony Uranta is the presidents man,and he is wont to stand by his principal anytime.Nothing wrong with that. It is when he wants to carry the argument further by using the ethnic card that my fears for 2015 seem to be justified,these folks will take no prisoners,Tony himself knows that the uproar against Alams has nothing to do with his being a niger deltan.Like the case of Ibori,general nigerians are just appalled at the brazeness with which these people have looted their states and seem to be getting away with it.For example whilst we acknowledge that Alams is playing a good role in bringing peace to the niger delta,was it not the theiivng acitivities of his,pocketing money that was supposed to be used for development that created the crisis in the first place.Tony also makes a valid point that there had been similar pardons in the past,and my reaction is, does that make this one right?The truth is, the president needs Alams in 2015,and its payback time,and no prisoners will be taken for Mr Jonathan to remain in aso rock in 2015.
Are we persecuting Alams because he is from the niger delta?Tony, of course not, because in any case it wasnt our money that was stolen it was the resources of the niger deltans that have been plundered and we are on the side of our brothers and sisters in the niger delta, and not those of them who are feeding fat on a struggle that benefits only them and keeps their people in abject poverty.