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2011: Ex-militant leader warns on imposition of candidates

By Austin Ogwuda
Asaba—REPENTANT militant leader of the Niger Delta Volunteer Peace Force, Commander Richman Yinbiri, yesterday  in Asaba warned that any attempt to foist unpopular candidates against the wish of the masses in the coming general elections might spell doom.

Yinbiri said that “since the declaration that presidential and other elections will hold in December 2010, there is noticeable tempo in the political activities in the nation and in the state.

“A lot of jostling, intrigues and positioning are being carried out directly or by proxy, including the hiring of crowds to give them colour of support.

“Our local government, Patani Local Government Area of Delta State, is not left out.  In fact, with the number of political aspirants already jostling for attention, one would think the local government is already a political battle ground with all manners of people, including incumbent office appointees and elected officials who are still seeking for third and fourth tenure.

“It is at this point that one thinks that truth and reason must prevail. That is to say that the Izon in Delta State need change.

“To put it more pointedly, Izon of Delta State believe that no elected office holders at the state or federal level that have served for 12 years should be given additional four years.”

He frowned on the recent incident where a serving federal lawmaker (names withheld) allegedly rented a crowd at a rally which purportedly endorsed him for another tenure.


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