👤 Abdul Tukur, DENISAURUS News
Members of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, MEND – one of the largest militant groups in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria, have been told to support the Governorship aspiration of David Lyon.
Mr Lyon, who was selected as the candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the Bayelsa election scheduled for November 16, has the support of Henry Okah.
DENISAURUS News has reported in the past a warning to the leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party over its failure to select a popular candidate.
At the time, Henry Shield, a former Special Adviser to Bala Mohammed, the Governor of Bauchi State, who served as FCT Minister from 2010 – 2015, said if care is not taken the PDP will loose support to the APC.
The PDP which is currently governing Bayelsa state has lost members to the APC and the support from MEND to the APC is a big boost.
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The MEND leader who remains in jail in South Africa directed “all foot soldiers to lend active support to the APC candidate.” This directive was made known to the press by Mr Okah’s spokesperson, Jomo Gbomo.
Mr Gbomo said: “Following critical evaluation of the political situation in Bayelsa State, the Leader and driving mind of MEND, has directed the second-in-command and all foot soldiers to lend active support to the APC candidate, David Lyon, in the November 16, 2019, Bayelsa State gubernatorial polls
He added: “The decision on the choice of our leader stems from fact that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-led governments in the state, lacking in purposeful connect with the Federal Government at the centre even in same party, had failed since 1999 to leverage on same to address the urgent developmental imperative of the central Niger Delta state, Bayelsa”, .
“It is hoped that with an APC Governor in Bayelsa State, for a change, we are more likely to maximize political capital to enhance our rapid and massive developmental goals for the Niger Delta. We anticipate that President Muhammadu Buhari, who since 2015, was our declared presidential choice will see and reciprocate this gesture as our means to development and peace and facilitate release of our leader and members in jail within and outside Nigeria whose real crimes were their demand for development of our land, equally severally promised by successive governments of the Nigerian federation.”