Sequel to the declaration of interest by President Muhammadu Buhari to run for second term in office, a group of Niger Delta Ex-militants who claimed to have worked for Buhari in the 2015 elections, on Thursday said it has withdrawn support for Buhari citing infectious poverty, abandonment of supporters, insincerity to develop Niger Delta region and other sundry issues.
This development was made known by the Acting National Coordinator of the National Assembly of Ex-militants (NAE), Ibifuro Pureheart, in Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital, on Thursday.
The group stressed that the president in his pursuit of ethnic agenda has constituently sustained the traditional neglect of the people of the region, noting that the youths are now poorer than Buhari met them and are no longer willing to support his government.
The group stated: “Whereas the president focused more on developing northern youths at the detriment of their counterparts in the Delta region. The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) was left in the hands of the members of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party to polarise the youth of the All Progressives Congress in the region?”
According to Pureheart, the president has shown enough disdain for those who worked for him while patronising his political enemies, adding that those who were at war with members of the PDP who sworn never to allow the then APC presidential candidate become the president now smile to the banks at the detriment of his arch supporters in the region.
The group said it would rather work for a better and more reliable candidate to emerge president in 2019 than to work for the sustenance of “selfishness, insecurity, clannishness, dishonesty, poverty and abandonment.”
NAE, which described the president as a huge disappointment, said it was prepared to work with a more educated candidate who has the requisite exposure in lieu of a timid president who does not see Nigeria beyond Hausa Fulani in his lopsided actions and inactions.
The group predicated its position on the need to fast track development of human and materials in the Niger Delta and wants the people to embrace its choice of candidate stating that Buhari was spreading “infectious poverty” in Nigeria.
“We cannot afford another four years of Buhari’s poverty ridden regime or else we would all die. The poverty being spread currently brings hopelessness and death upon fellow citizens.
“It’s time we tell Nigerians the truth even though the president had our support, we are now calling on the people of the region to chart a new course.
“Buhari has disappointed us, we spent our fortunes to bring him to power, we invested our psyche and emotions yet, we have nothing to show for it. With our PVC, we are ready to sack him in 2019.
“Power resides in the citizens and we shall sustain the campaign to boot Buhari out of office in 2019. He’s a huge failure and it’s time we bring a more trustworthy leader on board,” the group stated.