Mujahid Dokubo-Asari, former Niger Delta warlord, has charged the leaders of the region not to allow President Muhammadu Buhari or his supporters rig the forthcoming 2019 general elections in the region.
The former leader of the defunct Niger Delta Peoples Volunteer Force (NDPVF) called on other Niger Delta leaders to follow the footsteps of Isaac Boro who promoted the interest of the people.
He sued for unity between the South East and South South regions of the country.
Meanwhile, the Ijaw in Rivers State have endorsed the Governor Nyesom Wike for a second term due to the governor’s pro-Ijaw disposition.
The Ijaw people declared their preference for the Rivers governor on Wednesday after marching through the streets of Port Harcourt, the state capital, in honour of Isaac Adaka Boro, the late Niger Delta freedom fighter.
According to Ann-Kio Briggs, spokesperson of Ijaw Republican Assembly (IRA), in view of the performance of Governor Wike, he deserves another term in office to consolidate on the gains of his first term.
She said after the governor’s first term, the Ijaw people would want Wike to support the emergence of an Ijaw governor.
“As Ijaw in Rivers State, these four years that you have done, we want to say that the next four years, because of the work you have done in terms of protecting the people of Niger Delta, it is okay for you to run for four more years.”
“As we give this support, you should bear in mind that we also will want to come and govern Rivers State after that,” she said.
Responding, Governor Wike declared that he would remain steadfast in the protection of the interests of the people of Rivers and the Niger Delta.
He said “no level of intimidation from the failed All progressives Congress (APC) Federal Government” would compel him to abandon the worthy cause of developing the area.
“I have no regret for supporting former President Goodluck Jonathan. Nobody should deceive us by political parties. Our interest is paramount,” he added.
The governor said the Ijaw had contributed meaningfully to the development of the country, and that Boro fought for the emancipation of the Niger Delta.
Wike stressed that his administration had made significant inroad in the development of riverine Ijaw communities through key projects.
“I will continue to defend the interest of the Niger Delta. I have approved the reconstruction of all government-owned schools in the area, while Degema internal roads will be reconstructed,” he said.
According to him, no other political party can defend Ijaw nation more than People Democratic Party (PDP), adding that the APC Federal Government has done nothing for the people of the Niger Delta, hence it should be voted out.