Ahead of Saturday’s presidential election, militants in the oil-rich Niger Delta have endorsed President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election bid.
Concise News also learned that former militants in the area equally gave their backing to president Buhari.
Making their endorsement at a workshop in Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital, on Wednesday, the militants said Buhari had done well in the region and hence their support for him.
“The Niger Delta is the most important region of Nigeria and also produces over 2 million barrels of oil daily which is the economic bedrock of the country which therefore makes peace a pre-requisite for that sustainable development of the Niger Delta and Nigeria as a whole,” the group of active and former militants said in a statement.
“Participants agreed and that the overall interest of the Niger Delta should be the guarding principle of all political considerations in the run-up to the 2019 presidential elections.
“Participants observed that since politics is a game of interest, and having realised that the interest of the Niger Delta would be better served by the incumbent president of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari.
“Participants also considered other presidential candidates in the 2019 presidential elections and unanimously endorsed Muhammadu Buhari in the February 16, presidential elections and urged all leaders and ex-agitators to vote en-mass for him.
“Participants also agreed and resolved to pursue peace during and after the elections and also assist all relevant security agencies to achieve and maintain peace in the region.”
President Buhari of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and former vice-president Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are the front runners in the race for Nigeria’s highest office.
The election is scheduled to hold on Saturday, February 16, 2019, alongside National Assembly polls.
While the governorship election and State Houses of Assembly polls are scheduled for Saturday, March 2, 2019.