By Appolos Christian
A coalition of Niger Delta former militants has reiterate its support for the presidential candidacy of the People’s Democratic Party’s (PDP),Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, and also back the decision of Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) in support Atiku, saying he would better the lots of Nigerians.
Led by John Duku of Niger Delta Watchdog, and the Convener; Coalition of Niger Delta Agitators, the Agitators who said this in a statement made available to AUTHORITY, however lashed at the Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, for his recent comment that international observers of 2019 general elections in Nigeria would leave the country in body bags should they interfere in the process.
In part, the statement read, “We reiterate our earlier stand of supporting the Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, GCON. Our decision for endorsement is based on our firm belief that Alhaji Atiku means well for the Niger Delta people and is truly capable of making Nigeria work again. We also stand by the decision by the Elders of Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) to give its full support to Alhaji Atiku Abubakar’s Presidential ambition.
“The Coalition of Niger Delta Agitators has also condemned in very strong terms the unguarded, careless and reckless statement made recently by the Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai against the International Election Observers from the United States, United Kingdom, the European Union and the International Community in general.
“Speaking on NTAs Tuesday Live programme anchored by Cyril Stober, El-Rufai threatened that foreigners who intervene in the forthcoming general elections will go back in body bags. This utterance has confirmed the tribal and violent disposition of the Governor and the entire national leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who have openly declared that they see nothing wrong in the threat, rather this was said in defence of the countrys national interest.