ADEN -Southern Yemeni media have quoted sources as saying that a number of leaders in the Southern Transitional Council have begun to consider calling for a general conference in Aden to form an “inclusive national council” and remove the current leaders of STC, accusing them of using the council as a tool to implement the UAE’s agenda.
The media revealed contacts between dissident leaders from the Southern Transitional Council, most notably Sheikh Saleh bin Farid al-Awlaqi and the southern leader of Yafa’a Sheikh Abdul-Rabb al-Naqeeb, along with Nasser al-Khabji.
Ben Farid, one of the most prominent transitional pillars in the occupied province of Shabwah, has also stepped up his attack on the council. He criticized the displacement campaigns against the people of the northern provinces of Aden, demanding that they be quickly stopped and those involved brought to justice.
According to the southern media reports, Sheikh Al-Naqeeb accused southern forces, which he did not name, of turning the case into an hied gun action for payment.
The reports added that Sheikh Al-Naqeeb vowed to counter any foreign attempts to impose what he described as “guardianship” on the south in an indirect reference to the UAE and Saudi occupation, which attacked their policy.
On the political front, leaders from the first tier of the Southern Transitional Council have joined an international conference in Jordan last week for most of the southern powers, boycotted by leaders from Dhalea .
Last Thursday, forces affiliated with the so-called Security Belt issued a summons for Sheikh Saleh bin Farid al-Awlaqi for interrogation.
On the military front, the southern media showed that the recent developments have caused a great division within the STC’s factions.
Sources also reported the success of Saudi Arabia in buying off leaders in the first tier of the council, culminating in the success of Saudi Arabia in making the the Al-Hadrami forces from Shabwah join the forces of the Saudi-backed Hadi administration.
The Media report said that although the circle around pro-UAE STC leaders Ben Brik and Zubeidi is tight, they are still betting on an “Emirati miracle” to bring them to power.