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July 10, 2010

2011: Jonathan is being blackmailed, alleges Niger Delta youths

THE Niger Delta Youth Movement (NDYM) has condemned what it called moves to blackmail President Goodluck Jonathan from exercising his basic constitutional right in next year’s general elections.

In a statement signed by NDYM president, Prince Ajulisan Akumagba, the youths alleged that “faceless individuals claiming to represent the voice of the North are trying to blackmail the President Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan from exercising his basic constitutional right, come 2011.”

Continuing, NDYM in the statement said that “the position of the Movement is that the individuals mentioned above are political jobbers who don’t have the authority and mandate of the generality of genuine Northern leaders to engage in such despicable blackmail and therefore are on their own selfish end.”

The statement read further:

“We are in close contact and have made wider consultations with the youth wing of ACF, Ohaneze Ndigbo, Afenifere and other relevant stakeholders and the general consensus is that Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan should not be blackmailed out of the race come 2011 provided he has the potentials of providing the dividends of democracy which include free and fair election, constant electricity, good roads, health and education of the citizens of the country without any form of discrimination, favoritism, ethnicism or religious sentiments.

“We therefore call on all genuine leaders and elites from the North-West, North-East, North-Central, South-West, South-East, and South-South to stand up to the protection of the constitution so that these few self-styled leaders would not swallow the voice of the genuine masses of Nigeria that the constitution represent.

“Now that the President has set the stage for free, fair and credible elections by appointing the INEC chairman and commissioners and has set the machinery in motion for the immediate withdrawal of all political appointees in INEC, we therefore give him the kudos and maximum encouragement and unreserved support as he vows to deliver the dividends of democracy.”