South-South interest group under the auspices of South-south Emerging Leaders Forum, SELF, has condemned the recent allegation of bribery against the Minister of State for Petroleum, Timipre Sylva and the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Local Content Board  Engr. Simbi Wabote.



The group’s position was in reaction to a controversial online report by an online medium, owned by one Jackson Ude.




Jackson Ude through his medium recently accused the duo of Minister and the Executive Secretary bribe scandal in the choice of Saipem, an Italian company in Bonny NLNG Train 7 contract.



But in a statement signed Monday by the Secretary of the forum, Dr Preye Johnson, the group asked Ude to proof his allegation or be ready to face the consequences.



SELF a group of professionals from the Niger Delta wondered why Jackson Ude has always blackmailing appointees from the region, adding that people from other regions will rather embrace their own in government rather than tarnishing their images.




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 has not committed any wrongdoing in discharging their constitutional duties.




“We strongly condemn the allegation levelled 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 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 proof his allegation beyond blackmail, saying the controversial Jackson Ude is afraid to return to Nigeria because of his shadow.




The forum said: “Although Jackson Ude and his medium are criminally known for thriving in the business of blackmail, especially against the officeholders from the Niger Delta region. But this forum will henceforth resist this criminality by deploying all known instrumental of law to fight the faces behind these tissues of lies.




“This Forum is using this medium to warn the likes of Jackson Ude to stay away from Nigeria and the South-south most especially if they are not ready to turn a new leaf because the business of blackmail has long become outdated and unpopular.”

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