As the general election approaches, Coalition of Niger Delta Agitators (CNDA), the umbrella body of deadly militant groups in the Niger Delta, has vowed to resist any attempt to rig President Muhammadu Buhari on Nigerians.
The militant groups warned that the 2019 general election would be bloody should anybody or security agents attempt to rig the polls in the Niger Delta region.
comprises Niger Delta Avengers, Niger Delta Volunteers, Bakassi Strike Force and Niger Delta Warriors. Others are Niger Delta Peoples Fighters, Bakassi Freedom Fighters, Niger Delta Movement for Justice and Niger Delta Fighters Network.
The Convener of the coalition group, John Duku, in a statement yesterday, said the militant groups in the region have perfected plans to deploy their men in polling units across the South-South geopolitical zones.
“We have sensitised our members and affiliates on how and who to vote, come February 16, 2019. I also want to assure you that our men would be on the ground in all the polling units across the Niger Delta region.
“If we notice any attempt to rig election by anyone, including the security agents, it shall be bloody. Let people vote (according to) their conscience and let the vote of the people count.
“We want to assure you that President Buhari will not return in 2019 except INEC compromises election results. Buhari has neglected the Niger Delta people to the extent that we would have reacted in a very negative way if not for our elders and leaders who continuously calmed us down.
“Our brother, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, accepted defeat and handed over to Buhari; I implore Buhari to toe the path of honour and do same.”