Former Niger Delta militant leader, Government Ekpemupolo, popularly known as Tompolo, has finally reacted to the news making the rounds that he has endorsed President Muhammadu Buhari ahead of this Saturday presidential pollTompolo recalled that President Buhari sent the military harassed, brutalised and killed his father, Chief Thomas Ekpemupolo in 2015 and has not made any statement up till now.Tompolo, who spoke from his creek hideout yesterday, said he was not part of ex-militant leaders, who purportedly planned to endorsed President Muhammadu Buhari in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, as their preferred candidate for Saturday’s presidential poll.Tompolo was reacting to a report where he was listed as one of the five ex-militant leaders involved in the arrangement facilitated by another ex-militant leader, Boyloaf.In a statement by his Media Adviser and Consultant, Paul Bebenimibo, Tompolo said, “We wish to notify the general public that Tompolo is not aware of this development.
“The attention of Tompolo has been drawn to a press release in the online platform that he (Tompolo) is among five ex-militant leaders who are set to endorse Buhari as preferred candidate of the February 16, presidential election in Port Harcourt.The endorsement is said to be coordinated by Boyloaf. It must be pointed out that Tompolo has not been in touch with Boyloaf since 2015. Tompolo is not in endorsement politics.Tompolo is presently troubled with the way and manner his kinsmen in Gbaramatu Kingdom are being harassed and intimidated by President Buhari military on daily basis.
“This same military harassed, brutalised and killed his father, Chief Thomas Ekpemupolo in 2015 and up till now President Buhari has not made any statement by way of apology to him. Therefore, what will be the reason for Tompolo to endorse him, to further kill his kinsmen?”Ex-armed men, once notorious for the long-run militancy in Nigeria’s oil-rich Niger Delta, are set to endorse President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election bid, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt.
It was earlier reported that the endorsement is to come at a press conference scheduled to hold in Port Harcourt on Wednesday. The conference is to be addressed by Victor Ebikabowei, also known as General Boyloaf, a source close to Boyloaf told PREMIUM TIMES.
PREMIUM TIMES has previewed the text of Boyloaf’s address, which notes the tension between the ex-militant leaders, now cooperating under the aegis of Peace Ambassadors of the Niger Delta, and the Buhari government at its inception.It reads: “In spite of the tense beginning and moments we have had with the current administration following his defeat of our brother Goodluck Jonathan, we have formed a new partnership for the Niger Delta and have seen a deep-seated commitment to addressing the issues that we in the region are facing.“We have to give special credit to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo for painstakingly leading the engagements in the Niger Delta and assuring us of his plans.”
SOURCE: DAILYPOST,PREMIUM TIMES
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