Tuesday Final week in Abuja, Nationwide Publicity Secretary Pan Niger Delta Discussion board (PANDEF) Hon Ken Robinson led a consultative delegation to the Social Democratic Occasion’s (SDP) presidential candidate, Prince Adewole Adebayo. The PANDEF spokesman throughout an interview with newsmen says Southerners won’t help any northern candidate within the February 2023 presidential election. EMEKA NZE reviews
What’s the thrust of your go to to the SDP presidential candidate Prince Adewole Adebayo?
The Southern and Middlebelt leaders met and insisted on energy rotation to Southern Nigeria and due to this fact we agreed that we are going to work together with presidential candidates from Southern Nigeria and thereafter make suggestions to Nigerians. And so PANDEF in that sequence has been participating with some presidential candidates. The distinguished Prince Adewole Adebayo is the second within the course of and lastly we’ll have interaction with the presidential candidate of the Labour Occasion with different constituents of the Southern and Middlebelt Discussion board. Immediately’s assembly is PANDEF alone with the SDP presidential candidate. We’ve got agreed in our interplay that after these consultative conferences, we may have a bigger assembly in one of many Niger Delta states after our engagements with the presidential cabdidates. PANDEF is excited about who will flip Nigeria round and provides us a greater nation, a extra steady, extra peaceable, extra united nation and a higher Nigeria. That’s our curiosity. We’re additionally excited about who would be capable to frontally take care of the issues of the Niger Delta individuals, the agelong demand of useful resource justice, of correct infrastructure growth and produce to an finish the marginalisation that now we have witnessed for a number of years. That’s the dialog now we have began to have with out distinguished presidential candidates. We hope that these conversations will go additional. Thereafter, PANDEF shall make a declaration and make suggestions to Nigerians on who to help.
Are you in league with the Afenifere and different teams from Southern Nigeria as you go about your consultations?
I’ve had conversations with Chief Ayo Adebanjo; MiddleBelt leaders will ship their delegation. We’re fathers, we’re leaders and if you happen to shut the door towards a few of your youngsters, you won’t be an excellent father. You want your entire youngsters, you don’t like a few of their behaviours and then you definately give them alternative to talk to you and you may provide fatherly recommendation. Thant is the position Southern and Center belt leaders have determined to play in direction of 2023 elections and PANDEF is enjoying that position. We’re leaders in Nigeria and we’re enjoying this position to make sure that Nigeria is steady, to make sure that Nigeria belongs to a of us and each Nigerian, whereever you might be, wherever you come from, you’ll be able to rise to any stage you wish to rise on this nation. We’ve got been involved with the nepotism that is happening within the current administration. As we communicate, you understand that Southern and Middlebelt Discussion board are in courtroom difficult the serial, brutal, careless, calous violations of federal character and that case has been on since 2020. However as leaders we nonetheless have to have conversations with our individuals, the place we have to provide recommendation, we provide recommendation, the place we have to warning, we warning simply to make sure that the nation will get the very best.
You’re from South South a spot predominantly PDP. After your conversations with all of the Southern presidential candidates, would you be capable to persuade the individuals to dump PDP to vote for one more social gathering?
There have been causes the individuals of the South South are professional PDP and if these causes don’t exist any longer, persons are certain to alter their minds. The individuals of the Niger Delta have been properly directed on this nation. As leaders of the Niger Delta individuals, we really feel very unhappy and uncomfortable that in a various society like Nigeria, after eight years of northern presidency, one other northerner needs to take over from him. Like I earlier stated earlier than the primaries, that ought to the 2 main political events produce northern candidates, it might be a declaration of struggle with the Southern Nigeria. We’re in a nation the place an administration has operated in a system as if others don’t exist. There are 17 main paramilitary, navy, intelligence businesses within the nation, on the final rely 14 of them are headed by individuals from northern a part of the nation, three from southern Nigeria. There are six geo political zones, even if you happen to say two per zone, you’d have 12 and you’ve got 4 or 5 left to distribute as you need. However there are 14 from one explicit zone and three from southern Nigeria. The NNPC restricted as it’s referred to as has 11 key administration and board members, the South South had one particular person, and about 80 per cent of our assets come from the South South. The South East has two, the South West has one, that’s 4 to seven (4:7) and that sort of discriminative administration, for eight years, it has been so. Each southern workplace that’s vacated is changed with any individual from the north- NPA, NIMASA, Inventory Alternate, we are able to start to rely them. After which, any individual, in that sort of state of affairs, wish to retain energy within the north. We’re saying it’s unfair, we’re saying it’s not correct and it’s not welcomed. We’re taking our campaigns when the marketing campaign begins from Southern Nigeria to our associates within the Center Belt, to the minorities within the northern Nigeria, to these Nigerians of goodwill and clear conscience in northern Nigeria, to the Fulanis who perceive that we have to work collectively to exist as a rustic to prosper, to turn into higher than what we’re, to turn into all that Nigeria ought to be. We should communicate to each Nigerian, throughout Nigeria, the northern Nigeria, the Southern Nigeria why the following president of Nigeria ought to come from Southern Nigeria. Something in any other case will not be acceptable. We are going to mobilise our individuals within the creeks, within the farmlands, within the streets, throughout Nigeria who suppose that Nigeria ought to work collectively. There are northerners who don’t like what’s going on. There are honest Nigerians who’re patriotic Nigerians who need Nigeria to be higher.
Is PANDEF working to know the agenda of all of the southern candidates to allow it persuade them to work for one candidate?
PANDEF particularly is asking questions as to what they’ve for Nigeria- their imaginative and prescient, their agenda, and many others, for Nigeria, to take Nigeria to the following stage, to make Nigeria a rustic you may journey to anyplace in Nigeria with out concern.We have been in Owerri to symbolize our nationwide management on the eightieth birthday of Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanuwu. There was already disappointment at turnout of dignitaries throughout Nigeria. That’s the man that Nigerians from throughout Nigeria would have liked to be with to have a good time. However there have been issues. Even a few of us after we have been going, individuals have been calling us asking are you going to Owerri? That was not the Nigeria I grew as much as know. I’ve travelled to Owerri at 10pm from Port Harcourt and arrived Owerri at 12 midnight and I used to be not apprehensive. I bear in mind leaving owerri about 4pm. So we have to work collectively as a individuals and produce again the Nigeria that we used to know and enhance on that outdated Nigeria and take us to the place we ought to be for our fathers, for ourselves, for our youngsters, these but unborn. There is just one particular person that can turn into the president of Nigeria and there are a selection of Southern presidential candidates. PANDEF is what’s your imaginative and prescient? what do you wish to do in a different way? How are you going to tackle the issues of Nigerians? What’s your programme? PANDEF may also care in regards to the realities on floor. Who can win election? For us now we have one candidate we don’t need. We’ve got one candidate we don’t wish to turn into the following president after which now we have some candidates we really feel that any of them can turn into the president of this nation and one in all them is the distinguished Prince Adewole Adebayo. So after this dialog, we are going to tackle them and say that is the course we predict we must always go, what position can we play? We’re fathers and we are attempting to play that position.