As protests continue to trail the gubernatorial election result, which returned incumbent governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan for the second term in Delta State, a group of former militants, under the aegis of the Coalition of Niger Delta Freedom Fighters, in the state, has given a 21-day ultimatum to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and President Goodluck Jonathan, to reverse what they called the imposition of Uduaghan on the people.
The body compromising of former militants and freedom fighters in the Niger Delta region in a statement by ‘General’ Akpos Jones and ‘Commander’ Ziko, said they were ready to cripple the oil industry in Delta State and the Niger Delta region in general, if their demand was not met before 21 days.
They statement added that they came to the conclusion because of the naked and forceful imposition of Uduaghan on the people of Delta State by the Federal Government through its agencies, such as INEC, Army, Police and other security agencies in the April 26, 2011 election.
They alleged that the Federal Government through the two ministers representing Delta State in the Federal Executive Council, sent a message to Delta State a day before the governorship election, that Uduaghan must be returned as governor at all cost, whether the people of Delta State liked it or not.
“True to this message, the governorship election was massively rigged. We regard this imposition as an affront on our sensibility and that of Deltans in general. The situation is made worse by the suppression of women groups, students groups and other groups, who had or attempted to protest this imposition.
“It is on record that bad leadership and imposition of leaders were responsible for militancy in the Niger Delta region, which came to a temporary stop with the granting of amnesty to former militants,”the statement added.
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