- Ex-militant 'General' Lawson says President Buhari has done so well for the Niger Delta in the last three years that he will ensure all votes in the region are delivered to him in 2019 election
- Lawson says he will assemble a team of his ex-militant commanders to ensure that he achieves his goal of delivering the votes Buhari
- The ex-militant says he is ready to battle even his colleagues from the creeks to achieve his aim
President Muhammadu Buhari has been assured of resounding victory in the Niger Delta in 2019 election by ‘General’ Emma Lawson, an ex-militant leader of Phase II Amnesty group under the Presidential Amnesty Programme.
Vanguard reports that Lawson vowed to protect President Buhari’s votes in the oil-rich region in the 2019 presidential elections.
Lawson, while speaking with journalists in Abuja recently, threatened to deal with anybody that might try to stop Buhari’s vote in the Niger Delta region. He expressed readiness to battle even other ex-militants who might try to stop him.
The ex-militant, who believes Buhari has done much more in three years for the Niger Delta than former president Goodluck Jonathan did in six years, said: “With circumspect, the socio-political happenings in recent times as they affect the Niger Delta region, I humbly make the following declaration, that I ‘General’ Emma Lawson, No 1 Phase Two Ex-militant Leaders and the Grand Commander of the Creeks of the Niger Delta region shall deliver and protect President Muhammadu Buhari’s votes in the 2019 general elections in the region of the Niger Delta.
“That I shall lead other ex-militant generals under my leadership in this onerous task I have assigned to myself without fear and intimidation from any person or group in the region, and if any ex-militant or youths stand on my way to stop me from carrying out this patriotic task for our great nation, he shall not be forgiven and must be punished according to the laws of the land and law of the creeks.”
His declaration, he said, is a vote of confidence in Buhari who has huge achievements in the Niger Delta in three years.
Lawson is bound to have some challenges in achieving his goals as Legit.ng reported earlier that some other ex-agitators under the aegis of National Assembly of Ex-militants (NAE) recently frowned at the declaration of interest of President Muhammadu Buhari to run for second term in office.
They said Nigerians could not afford another four years of poverty-ridden administration. The group which claimed to have worked for Buhari in the 2015 elections, said it has withdrawn support for the president, reiterating that the present administration had brought infectious poverty, abandonment of supporters and insincerity to develop Niger Delta region.
Acting national coordinator of the group Ibifuro Pureheart said: “Buhari’s alleged pursuit of ethnic agenda had left Niger Delta youths poorer than he met them, whereas the president focused more on developing northern youths at the detriment of their counterparts in the Niger Delta region."
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