With the presidential primary of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) already in sight, a coalition of ex-militants in the Niger Delta region have told the ruling party to give its ticket to Abuja-based businessman, Dr Ibrahim Dauda.
The ex-militants in a statement issued over the weekend drumming support for Dr Dauda’s candidacy, noted that they are conscious of the fact that the APC looks set to zone its presidential ticket to the south, but maintained that their candidate who is from Borno State, northeastern Nigeria, remains the best candidate to bridge the gap between the young and old.
“The leadership of the Niger Delta Ex Militants Generals write to imprint its foot print on the soil of our land regarding who lead the nation come 2023,as our nation geared towards another very important exercise.
“We are appreciative of the fact that President Muhammadu Buhari has demonstrated his good intentions towards the Niger Delta Youths as demonstrated thorugh various policies, programs and projects. It is imperative that his legacies are sustained.
“We write to stand in Solidarity with Our Fellow Brothers In National Youth Council Of Nigeria(NYCN ), National Association Of University Students, ( NAUS ), National Association Of Polytechnic Students, (NAPS), National Association of Nigerians Colleges Of Education Students ( NANCES), All Farmers Progressive Association ( AFPA), Yoruba General Assembly ( YGA),
“The EL-DABI Grassroot Moblization Movement, The El- dabi Support Groups, El-Dabi Women Support Network , Nothern alliance for Eldabi, Ebira out reach foundation And Other Numerous Youth and women Support Groups For Eldabi in all the 774 Local Government Area Of Nigeria, including Eldabi professionals in politics for their public Endorsement, Support And Affirmative Stand for dr ibrahim Bello Dauda,(Eldabi). It goes further to show that with Eldabi landslide victory is sure for his political party.
“Dr. Ibrahim Bello Dauda – with a proven track record , an amazing personality with integrity, detribalized nigerian of very high repute, is the man we are standing with. We have taken a firm position to stand by him and his party. We will mobilize millions of votes in our region for him and his party,” part of its statement read.
While reiterating that President Muhammadu Buhari “promised to hand over power to the youth after his second tenure,” the group appealed to the party to adopt him.
The statement was jointly signed by Commander Jona Agorowei, General Blessing Eyorokpo, General Young Leader, General Ogbokuro, Commander Ebiokun, General Yoto, and General Pius.