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Ex-militant leaders urge northern elders to support Jonathan

By Emma Arubi
WARRI—MILITANT leaders under the aegis of former militant Commanders of MEND Forum, yesterday appealed to Northern politicians and leaders to support the 2011 presidential bid of President Goodluck Jonathan.

The group also appealed to politicians, mostly leaders and elders across the five ethnic groups in Delta State to support the second term bid of Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan for the sake of peace, justice, continuity and infrastructural development of the state.

They said that the continous campaign of calumny being mounted against the Governor was unpatriotic, as it was tainted with tribe bias, hatred and jealousy.

In a statement by the group’s Chairman, Mr. Josaih Oyakonghan, Thompson Igere, Vice-Chairman; Peremor Ekpesegba, Secretary; Peter Ekpebide, Public Relations Officer, Stephen Julius and Denis Kpadia and 32 others, they said all those heating up the polity for selfish reasons should put the interest of the nation above themselves, otherwise the consequences would be very grave for  the country.

They expressed regret that some people still holds the erroneous belief that the rulership of the country is their birthright and every other Nigerian is a second class citizen, warning that political awareness is so much now that everyone knows his or her rights and privileges under our constitution. They admonish all to work towards the unity, peace, stability and growth of the nation.

The ex_commanders further stated that the Abuja bombings of October 1st has nothing to do with the Niger Delta struggle, saying that it was a selfish move by its initiators and executors that must be fished out and prosecuted.

They warn those scheming to ensure that President Jonathan do not contest the 2011 elections should equally prepare to face their wrath just as they maintained that Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan has done so much for Deltans in every aspect of statecraft that he deserves a second term as of right to consolidate on his monumental achievement to take the state to the next level of development.


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