Niger Delta rights defender and ex-agitator, Alhaji Asari Dukubo has declared that the Ijaw people would not vote for President Muhammadu Buhari in the forthcoming presidential election or allow anybody to rig the elections in the area come 2019.
Dokubo made the declaration yesterday in Port Harcourt, as the youths of the area came out in their numbers to celebrate 50th anniversary of late Isaac Adaka Boro.
Alhaji Dokubo observed that President Buhari does not have the interest of the Niger Delta people and Ijaw in particular at heart, urging people of Rivers State in the various levels of government to ensure that the oil wealth from their zone was used for the their development.
He swore that nobody would be able to rig the general elections in Ijaw land, siting example of how
they forestalled all attempts in such direction in recent past.
“We have our Permanent Voter Cards, PVCs, intact; ask anybody present here. That is our strength
and we will not waste it,” he assured.
The Ijaw leader sued for unity between the South-South and South-East to resist oppression of the Buhari-led All Progressives Congress, APC, federal government, and also called on Governor Nwesom Wike to do more on internal road development and repairs in Ijaw areas.
Lending her voice, a human rights activist and Niger Delta rights campaigner, Ankio Briggs warned Governor Wike against any pressure to sell Rivers land to Fulani herdsmen, predicting that it impact would be unimaginable and catastrophic “We should not allow foreigners to tear us apart again.
We are interested in the unity of our dear Rivers State. Following your efforts in protecting the rights and interests of our people, we are okay for you to go again. “As we support you for second term, do please consider it important to support Ijaw man to succeed you when you exhaust your second tenure as governor of Rivers state,” she appealed.
Commending the governor for carrying the Ijaws along in government, she rekindled Governor Wike’s support for former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan to the end, and on behalf of her Ijaw ethnic nationality, adopted him for second term.
In his response, Governor Wike disclosed that Nigeria was in a International Society for Civil Liberties and the Rule of Law,Inter-society, a human rights group based in Onitsha, Anambra State, has described the killing of a total of 220 Nigerians within 15 days (May 1 – May 15, 2018) by those it identified as “Jihadist Fulani herdsmen’ in Kaduna, Taraba, Adamawa, Benue and Kogi States as a sign of total regime collapse and anarchy.
The group said it was very disheartening to record as much as 71 confirmed and 87 unconfirmed
deaths in Kaduna State alone while 59 other deaths were recorded in the Taraba, Adamawa, Benue and
Kogi States since the beginning of May 2018 or between May 1 and 15, 2018.
In a press statement issued in Onitsha yesterday and signed by its leader, Emeka Umeagbalasi, Intersociety contended that more better position to compare between the immediate past and
present administrations to know who loved the country more.
“I have no regrets for supporting Goodluck Ebele Jonathan. If i have the chance I will still do what i did. The Ijaws have contributed more than any other tribe to growth and development of this nation,” he
Governor Wike further declared that from now to December this year, he would complete the link roads
from Opobo/Nkoro Andoni, urging them not to dump his government.
It would be recalled that the Ijaws celebrated the life and death of the late Boro who was killed by federal troops on May 16, 1968, while defending the Niger Delta region.