MEND denies APC ties

The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, MEND, has denied links with the All Progressives Congress, APC.

In a statement Wednesday, MEND’s spokesperson, Jomo Gbomo, reacted angrily to a statement by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, questioning the group’s tie with the APC.

The group said it has never been approached by APC for anything, and described the PDP’s query as “callous and irresponsible,” saying it further confirmed that President Goodluck Jonathan and the ruling party are inept.

“MEND strongly denies any links with the All Progressive Congress and has never been approached for anything, at any point in time, by the party, as pettily alleged by Olisa Metuh,” Mr. Gbomo stated.

“The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta stands strongly by our endorsement and full support of General Muhammadu Buhari as the man to lead the country out of its present calamitous state in the hands of Goodluck Jonathan.”

The group also attacked the Ijaw Youth Council, IYC, for describing its members as “ghosts” and drew the attention of the IYC spokesperson, Eric Omare, to an earlier statement he issued lauding MEND for declaring a ceasefire.

While branding IYC as a tribal assembly of political praise singers, it noted that the decision of the militant group to support Mr. Buhari has shocked the Ijaw youth body.

MEND, therefore, asked the IYC spokesperson to explain if he was referring to “ghosts” in a statement he published six months ago in major news media lauding MEND for observing a ceasefire.

“The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta once more, urges Nigerians to ignore the empty threats of this so-called “ex-agitators” and the Ijaw Youth Council.

“Their reckless utterances only ridicule and confirm the colossal failure of the Amnesty Programme,” the militant group said.

MEND also urged the IYC to show Nigerians what President Jonathan has done for the Niger Delta people apart from paying monthly stipends to ex-militants of Ijaw extraction.

“If you once forfeit the confidence of your fellow citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem. It is true that you may fool all of the people some of the time; you can even fool some of the people all of the time; but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time,” MEND quoted Abraham Lincoln.

The militant group had on Tuesday thrown its weight behind the presidential candidate of the APC, Muhammadu Buhari, while also launching a scorching attack on President Jonathan.

In a three-page statement signed by its spokesperson, Jomo Gbomo, MEND said it endorsed and fully support Mr. Buhari, after careful consideration of the state of the nation.

The group said the decision to support the APC presidential candidate stems from the pathetic level the Jonathan administration has brought the country.

Reacting to the development, the PDP, through its National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, asked the APC to come out clean and explain to Nigerians, their connections with MEND.

In a statement on Wednesday, the PDP said while the onus lies on the APC to choose those to work with in their quest for power, “the explanation has become necessary following the unsavory public reactions and concerns trailing the statement by MEND backing their presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari.


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  • Courageous Surest

    I will categorically describe Femi Fani Kayode as a leaf upon the water that has no direction, Does it mean FFK has quickly forgotten how he blamed OBJ and condemned GEJ administration? now is the campaign director of GEJ..He might have forgot but history will never forget..

    Former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode said former President Olusegun Obasanjo is responsible for the present problem experienced in the country because of his anointing President Goodluck Jonathan as the nation’s president despite opposition by some members of his kitchen cabinet.

    Fani-Kayode who spoke with journalists in Osogbo, the Osun State capital noted that President Jonathan has failed and disappointed Nigerians, especially the Yoruba nation, saying the alleged incompetence of the president has caused many problems for the nation.

    He equally opined that the Yoruba nation had been marginalised by the Jonathan’s administration and thereby called on all Yoruba people to vote out Jonathan in 2015, saying any attempt to allow him stay in office beyond 2015 would spell doom for the Yoruba nation.

    Fani-Kayode, a former member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and now a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) also said: “President Obasanjo has started cleaning up the mess he caused by putting Jonathan in office.”

    According to him “Obasanjo is my great leader who I have a lot of respect for and I will continue to respect him but the truth is Obasanjo caused the problem we experience today. The joy of it is that the same Obasanjo who anointed an incompetent leader for Nigeria is now cleaning up the mess.

    “The country has five Presidents and they are Mrs. Patience Jonathan, Mrs. Aliezen Madueke, Mrs. Stella Odua, Mrs. Okonjo Iweala and Dr Goodluck Jonathan. All these five presidents control the nation, but the most powerful of them all is Mrs. Jonathan. She is so powerful that no one can control her and whatever she says is final in this country.”

    The former minister also pointed out that most of the officials in Jonathan’s government, rather than take instruction from the President, take instruction from Mrs Jonathan adding that “the President’s wife has done more evils than good for the country.

    While speaking on the state of the nation, he said: “Jonathan has disappointed Nigerians in all sectors of the economy and if he should allow to continue in office, this country is heading for serious disaster.”

    He condemned the administration of President Jonathan, stressing that the Ijaw ethnic nationality which he said was a minority now controls the entire nation without giving considerations to various factors that bind the country together.

    “Nigeria is more divided now than any time in our history. We are faced with a government that only believes in Ijaw value. The ijaw people have succeeded in imposing only what favour them over the overall people of the nation,” he said.

    Fani-Kayode alleged that the boko haram sect has killed more Muslims than Christians in the North, alleging that the activities of the sect may continue until Jonathan leaves office..Now he want these same Nigerians to vote for Jonathan.

    • TRUTH MASTER

      When asylum inmates are unleashed on the streets, society suffers!

    • Oweja

      He said those things in error! Now that the criminal charges against him have all been dropped, he has seen the light, let us believe him.

  • bittertruth

    This loudmouth betrayer has started again! “We will expose the real Buhari” What are you waiting for? Go ahead and expose him! The fact is that FFK and his paymasters have no genuine evidences against Buhari else they would have come out with that at this point in time. The only noticeable things written all over the Presidency, PDP and their cohorts: FEAR, DESPERATION AND LIES.

  • Okey

    A man who prostrates a million times to jagaban’s wife or daughter regains his manhood and humanity only when he faces Jonathan !

    • TRUTH MASTER

      If you haven’t insulted people, you haven’t contributed to any discourse…..Like President, like his supporters!

    • Hambolu Segun

      Don’t you have any iota of decency

      • Okey

        So it is decent for your to be reducing the President of our to rubles any time your man speaks ? You are not only unfair but warped.

  • amazing2012

    Surely something is wrong with us, instead to hear what we are to offer to people, we are busy insulting, blaming,blackmailing and telling lies against one another ! A president can not tell people what he achieved and what he want to achieve ! He is busy talking like market woman !!

  • Mr. Abdin

    Well said Fashola Nigeria really needs change.

  • TRUTH MASTER

    Just compare what Fashola said with the rambling and anger-laden speech of the President, and you will know how to use your vote next month!