A Lady Casting her Vote in an Election

The coalition of Niger Delta Agitators, comprising of militants groups in Niger Delta region has vowed to resist any attempt to foist President Muhammadu Buhari on the country.
The group said the people of the region will not support the re-election bid of Buhari for the second term as president.

The militant groups warned that the 2019 general election would be bloody should anybody or security agents attempt to rig the polls in the Niger Delta region.
The group also claimed the militant groups in the region have perfected plans to deploy their men in polling units across the South-South geopolitical zones.

According to the Convener of the coalition, John Duku stated that “We have sensitised our members and affiliates on how to vote in the February 16, 2019 elections. I also want to assure you that our men would b,e on the ground in all the polling units across the Niger

“If we notice any attempt to rig election by anyone, including the security agents, it shall be bloody. Let people vote (according to) their conscience and let the vote of the people count.’’

Voters Queuing to Vote

The coalition includes Niger Delta Avengers, Niger Delta Volunteers, Bakassi Strike Force and Niger Delta Warriors. Others are Niger Delta Peoples Fighters, Bakassi Freedom Fighters, Niger Delta Movement for Justice and Niger Delta Fighters Network.

CNDA also stated that “We want to assure you that Pres. Muhammadu Buhari will not return in 2019 except INEC compromises the election results. Buhari has neglected the Niger Delta people to the extent that we would have reacted in a very negative if not for our elders and leaders who continuously calmed us down.

“Our brother, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, accepted defeat and handed over to Buhari; I implore Buhari to toe the path of honour and do same.” Similarly, the Pan-Niger Delta Forum, a group headed by Chief Edwin Clarke, declared that it had begun an alliance with other regions on the need to ensure that only presidential candidates, who are in
support of restructuring would get the people’s votes.

Speaking on the telephone, PANDEF Secretary-General, Dr Alfred Mulade, said “since Pres. Buhari was not in support of restructuring, he would not enjoy the votes of the Niger Delta peoples”.

However, there are indications in the region that  President Buhari and Atiku had split the Niger Delta militants, such that they now speak in discordant tunes over who the people of the region should support in next month’s presidential election.