Fresh facts emerged on Saturday on how former President Goodluck Jonathan and prominent Ijaw leaders, including state governors from the Niger Delta region prevailed on foremost ex-militant leader, High Chief Government Epemupolo popularly called Tompolo to abort a scheduled meeting of ex-militant generals in Bayelsa State.
According to reports, though several telephone calls were made to Tompolo by the Ondo, Delta and Bayelsa state governors, Olusegun Mimiko, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa and Hon. Seriake Dickson respectively, on the need for him (Tompolo) and others to abort the proposed meeting due to the tensed reaction it had generated, the call by Jonathan was reported to have convinced Tompolo to abort the meeting and allow state governors from the region meet with President Muhammudu Buhari on the issues of the hitches experienced in the Federal Government amnesty programme.
Among those mentioned to have called Tompolo between Friday and Saturday were the Ijaw national leader, Chief Edwin Clarke and some newly appointed service chiefs.
Governor Dickson, who was to be an uncomfortable host of the contentious meeting was subsequently, assigned to issue a statement cancelling the meeting.
In the statement issued by Daniel Markson-Iworiso, the chief press secretary to Dickson, he simply cancelled it and announced that the governors and the aggrieved ex-militant leaders would meet soon.
But the media aide to Tompolo, Comrade Paul Bebeminibo, when contacted, simply said the decision to abort the meeting was a call by the collective pressure by all Ijaw leaders.