Sunday, 4 October 2009

Nigeria’s Ruling Party To Draft Repentant Militants Into Election Duties Come 2011


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chidi opara reports have been reliably informed that the main Niger Delta militants who have embraced the amnesty proclaimed by the Nigerian President, which ends today, may be drafted to work for the ruling Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) in the 2011 general elections.

“Instead of them to report to us as required by rule, they go direct to the President”, a contact in the Presidential amnesty committee complained to chidi opara reports. Niger Delta main militants who have so far embraced amnesty are: Boyloaf(Bayelsa) Ateke(Rivers) and Tompolo(Delta).

Indications from these meetings are that the PDP national leadership acting through the Presidency, insists that the militants should work with the PDP to achieve victory for the Party in the 2011 elections. “Most of them were part of us before they left for militancy. What is wrong if they come back, since they have been pardoned?”, a PDP chieftain from Delta state asked one of our network members at the premises of a popular hotel in Warri.

Checks have also revealed that these militant leaders were youth leaders in their communities, they commanded and still command a lot of following. It is discovered also that most were in the PDP youth wings in their states of origin up to 2003. It is not clear at the time of preparing this report which roles these former militant leaders are likely to be assigned to, Unconfirmed information at our disposal however has it that whatever roles that would be assigned to them would be clandestine and unofficial.

The move to draft these repentant militants into election duties come 2011 is not limited to the ruling party. The opposition Action Congress Party (AC) chapters in Delta and Bayelsa states are known to be making efforts to recruit some less known repentant militants into the Party. “These boys are mobilizers, so we need them, mind you they are no longer militants”, an AC chieftain told chidi opera reports in Yenagoa, Bayelsa state.