Militants in the Niger Delta region have threatened to resume attacks if All Progressives Congress (APC) governor-elect, David Lyon’s mandate, is not restored.
The threat is coming in spite of repeated pleas for calm and caution against violence by the leadership of the party both at the state and national levels.
The coalition of militants, under the aegis of Reformed Niger Delta Avengers (RNDA), in a letter, said they had served notice to the Supreme Court and the Presidency over their preparation to resume hostilities on oil installations in the Niger Delta if Lyon’s stolen mandate is not restored.
RNDA, in the letter signed by leaders of the nine militant groups from the nine states of the Niger Delta, said though they have accepted ceasefire and have been engaging in peace advocacy in the region, the recent Supreme Court judgment nullifying the election of Lyon is unacceptable and provocative.
The leader of RNDA, Johnmark Ebi, said the decision to abort ceasefire and declare hostilities in the region was based on the outcome of investigations which showed that great injustice was done to Lyon and APC by the court in cahoots with the Peoples Democratic Party.
According to him, failure to restore the mandate freely given by the people of Bayelsa on November 16, “will result in unimaginable outcome” and RNDA “should not be held responsible for whatever damage that will lead to bombing of oil pipelines to cripple the economy of the country.”
Meanwhile, Governor Douye Diri has called on Bayelsans to shun politics of bitterness as well as the pull-him-down-syndrome.
Sun News Nigeria