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Published On: Tue, Sep 10th, 2013

PDP Crisis: MEND backs Atiku’s Faction, Describe Ex-Militant Thereat as Empty Threat


LAGOS SEPTEMBER 10TH (URHOBOTODAY)-The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, MEND, has told former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, Rivers State Governor, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi and members of the Abubakar Baraje-led new Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to ignore the threats from ex-militants in the Niger Delta region.
It would be recalled that the Leadership, Peace, and Cultural Development Initiative (LPCDI) had on Saturday declared Atiku a persona-non-grata in the Niger Delta region, saying that the former Vice President, Amaechi and members of the new PDP were plotting to push their own Jonathan out of office in 2015.
However, a statement signed by MEND’s spokesman, Jomo Gbomo and made available to DailyPost said, “The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) urges former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, Rotimi Amaechi, the New PDP and our brothers and sisters from other parts of Nigeria, to ignore the empty threats and provocative comments from idle political thugs parading themselves as ex-militants, as well as some so-called elders and tribal assemblies of the Niger Delta.
“It is the right of any detribalised, honest, and qualified Nigerian to aspire for the highest office of the land to bring progress, peace, reconciliation and other dividends of democracy. It is also in order, for a performing incumbent to seek a legitimate extension of his/her tenure in office as long as the peoples vote will count and the bid does not run contrary to any prior agreements reached within their party. MEND believes in honour and integrity.
“The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) is ready to end activities of illegitimate oil merchants, pipeline vandalism, and the unrest in the Niger Delta region when the reason we took up arms is addressed by a listening administration regardless of the part of our great country the president comes from.”
Source: Daily Post

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