Punish Ekeowe for demolishing Dame Jonathan’s hotel – Blueprint Newspapers Limited
The Citizen Watch Advocacy Initiative (CWAI), a pro-democracy civil society and human rights group, has condemned the demolition of part of the hotel premises owned by the former First Lady of Nigeria , Mrs. Dame Patience Jonathan, by Mr. Alabo Gideon Ekeowe, Head of Bayelsa State Physical Planning and Development Board (BSPPDB) on Friday 25th February 2022.
The hotel, Aridolf Resort Wellness and Spa, was bulldozed without following procedure, guidelines and the rule of law.
A statement by CWAI Executive Secretary Omoba Kenneth Aigbegbele on Tuesday lambasted BSPPDP leader Alabo Ekeowe, a former state government secretary and head of the Bayelsa State Department who demolished part of the premises of the well known hotel.
The hotel, according to the statement, has hosted both the upper echelon of the state and the middle class, even playing host to the state’s rich cultural center during major government functions in the state. State of Bayelsa.
The statement said that Mr. Ekeowe and his demolition team did not resort to the ongoing proceedings in the Bayelsa State High Court between the hotel management and the Bayelsa State Police, but took matters into their own hands by tearing down the 5 star hotel.
“The state government knew full well that as the former mother of the nation, Mrs. Jonathan had paved the way for the development of the state by developing the first class resort and hospitality organization in the ‘state,” Aigbelegbe said.
“The audacity and temerity to demolish the hotel and indirectly damage the reputation of the former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, who had remained a stabilizing factor not only in Nigeria but in Africa, and also decisive for the development of the Niger Delta region, are extremely shocking,” CWAI added.
“We therefore call on Mr. Ekeowe to immediately cease his illegal action, to obey constituted authority and to show respect for Jonathan’s family and for elders in general, as envisaged by the current government of Mr. Douye. Diri, who considers the former president his father and mentor,” he said.