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APC React To Threats By Militants: Asks Jonathan To Caution Asari-Dokubo & Tompolo



Following the Niger Delta ex-militants threats to wage war against the country if President Goodluck Jonathan should lose the February 14 presidential election, the All Progressives Congress Campaign Organisation, (APCPCO) has reacted and made demands of the President.
APCPCO in a statement issued on Sunday, signed by the Directorate of Media & Publicity of the campaign, Garba Shehu, urged President Jonathan and his party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to call to order Niger Delta ex-militants who have threatened to wage war against the country if their ‘son’ loses the February 14 presidential election, Premium Times reports.
Shehu said the irresponsible ultimatum by the ex-militants is not only a barbaric threat on the sovereignty of Nigeria, but also go against the spirit and letter of the non-violence pact to which President Jonathan also signed.
According to him, the declaration of war against the state is causing panic and concern among Nigerians who are already embattled by so many challenges particularly of insecurity, which have been begging for attention.
He reminded Mr. President that as commander-in-chief it is his primary responsibility to ensure the protection of the citizens and their properties, noting that such open declaration of war by the ex-militants and several other acts of violence need to be condemned by him in the interest of the democracy, unity and stability of Nigeria.
“These drum beats by elements associated with President Jonathan need to change to peace beats so that the citizens, especially the youth need to be encouraged that the sustenance of the country’s democracy is better achieved through the ballot and not the bullet,” he said.
The APC Campaign called on Mr. Jonathan to make good on his declaration that his ‘re-election is not worth the blood of any Nigerian’ by calling these war mongers in his domain to order, adding that the latest threat is not an isolated act as the threat on General Muhammadu Buhari by Governor Fayose and the attacks on the party’s offices and rally in Rivers are pointers of coordinated insurrection against the APC ahead of February general elections.
“It is disconcerting that the president has not immediately addressed such treasonable actions by persons who in the past have taken up arms against the Republic, and whose amnesty is dependent on their good behaviour and complete disarmament. The president needs to remember that he took an oath, as commander-in-chief, to protect Nigeria against all threats, external and internal. In this case, his silence could be misconstrued as an implicit approval of this declaration of war, seeing as the meeting of the warlords and subsequent declaration of war were from his own backyard, his home state. The first step the President needs to take, to show seriousness in dealing with this issue is to dismiss from his government, his Special Adviser on Niger Delta, Kingsley Kuku who presided at the meeting at which this obnoxious resolution to dismember Nigeria was taken,” Shehu said.
It would be recalled that the Niger Delta militants announced that there will be consequences if President Jonathan fails to win the 2015 general elections.
Meanwhile, PDP which is also crying foil in their campaign in the northern part of the country recently warned the APC and its presidential candidate,
Muhammadu Buhari, over unprovoked attacks on President Goodluck Jonathan’s campaign train in some parts of the north.

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