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Delta, Fulani groups declare stand on Atiku, Okowa, Ishaku

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Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar / PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP

• Nabena, accuses PDP of hiring INEC ex-chief to rig poll
Two groups in Delta State have declared their positions in the presidential bid of standard-bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, and re-election of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa.

While the Urhobo Progressive Network (UPN) at the weekend, canvassed support for Okowa’s re-election, Delta Rescue Mission for Buhari (DRM4PMB), solicited support for President Muhammadu Buhari.

Addressing journalists in Warri at separate events, both groups gave reasons for their stance.

Also, a Fulani ethnic group in Taraba Sate have explained that their not supporting Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku was his signing the Open Anti Grazing Law.

The anti-Ishaku group, which met at Garba-Chede in Bali Local Council area, also cited the governor’s alleged inability to unite the Fulani groups with others in the state.

Director-General of the UPN, Emmanuel Ono Okumagba, said a second tenure for Okowa was necessary because of his performance and in the interest of peace and harmony.

He said: “Let it be categorically stated that the governorship position will revert to Delta Central/Urhobo ethnic nationality come 2013. It needs to be emphasized that this rotational policy has greatly doused tension in the polity.

On his part, the Director General of the Delta Rescue Mission for Buhari, Martins Ahweyevu Mukoro, said: “We cannot replace a plate that is not clean enough with a broken plate. We cannot replace integrity with celebrated corruption.

“We must free Nigeria from the barred fangs of the self acclaimed owners of Nigeria, who are already in coma because of their absence from Aso Rock for just over three years,” he said.

A member of the All Progressives Congress (APC)’s Presidential Campaign Council, Mohammed Bello Mustapha, led the anti-PDP group in Taraba State, which canvassed support for his party’s candidate, Sami Abubakar Danladi.

Meanwhile, Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Yekini Nabena, has accused the PDP of hiring a former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to rig the poll.

Nabena, who briefed reporters in Abuja yesterday claimed that the ex-INEC chief is already playing the role of a consultant to the PDP, as part of effort to achieve the goal.

He however declined to disclose his identity, but urged relevant authorities to probe the veracity of his claim.

“The plan is to use some INEC officials who remain loyal to the former INEC Chairman, and still under his payroll, to compromise the system from within,” Nabena alleged.

On Amina Zakari, he said the baseless protest against her is a ploy to create a distraction for the PDP’s election rigging and hacking plans.


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