Presidential Election: We’re solidly behind Atiku – Niger-Delta agitators

February 11th, 2019

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.

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