Tompolo Thinks There Will Be Problem If Jonathan Loses

January 30, 2015 1:26 pm

Former militant leader, Government Ekpemupolo, popularly known as
Tompolo, has reacted to the former defence minister, Gen. T. Y. Danjuma,
who called for his arrest over his inflammatory statements at a time
needs peace ahead of the 2015 general elections.
In his response, Tompolo reiterated his recent declaration that
President Goodluck Jonathan must win in the February 14 presidential
election for Nigeria to continue to stay united.
Tompolo declared: “General Danjuma and his cohorts should know that I
remain resolute on my position in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, that President
Goodluck Jonathan must win this election for Nigeria to continue to
stay together.”

In a statement released by his Media Adviser, Mr Paul Bebenimibo, in
Warri yesterday January 29th, Tompolo attacked Gen Theophilus Danjuma
for calling for his arrest alongside Asari Dokubo and other Niger delta
warlords. He said the treaty that merged the Northern and Southern
protectorate of Nigeria expired last year and everyone should be
grateful to President Jonathan for keeping Nigeria together. Part of his
statement after the cut…but meanwhile, the presidency has condemned
this war threat from Tompolo and others..

He also lashed out at Danjuma for calling for his arrest, asking where
the general was when Mallam Ciroma Adamu, the All Progressives Congress
(APC) presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari and the Rivers State
governor, Rotimi Amaechi made inciting statements to make Nigeria
ungovernable.

He also wondered why Jonathan’s convoy was stoned in Katsina and Bauchi
states while Buhari enjoyed a peaceful atmosphere when he campaigned in
the Niger Delta states.

Tompolo, in a statement signed by his media adviser, Comrade Paul
Bebenimibo, condemned “the call by Gen. T. Y. Danjuma (rtd) to arrest me
and other agitators for a better living for the people of the Niger
Delta region.

“Is Gen. Danjuma not aware of the peaceful atmosphere when Gen. Buhari
visited Delta, Rivers and Bayelsa states for campaign? Why is it that
President Jonathan’s convoy was attacked in Katsina and Bauchi states
without any provocation?”

“Gen.
Danjuma and his cohorts should know that I remain resolute on my
position in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, that President Goodluck Jonathan
must win this election for Nigeria to continue to stay together. Gen.
Danjuma should be reminded that the devilish treaty that brought the
Southern and Northern Protectorates together in 1914 expired last
year. Danjuma and his likes, such as Gen. Buhari, Gen. Obasanjo and Mr.
Bola Tinubu, should be grateful to President Jonathan who has been
keeping this country together. If
not for President Jonathan, Nigeria would not have been any
more.  Danjuma and his cohorts should be reminded of the saying that
‘those who live in glass house should not throw stones’. The call by
Gen. T.Y Danjuma (rtd) to arrest me and other agitators for a better
living for the people of the Niger Delta region is an indication that he
is behind terrorism in the North eastern part of the country as well as
the stoning of President Jonathan’s convoy in Kastina and Bauchi
states, because he has never condemned those acts, even though Boko
Haram attacked churches and mosques in his home town. Is Gen. Danjuma
not aware of the peaceful atmosphere when Gen. Buhari visited Delta,
Rivers and Bayelsa (home state of the President) states for
campaign?  Why is it that President Jonathan’s convoy was attacked in
Kastina and Bauchi states without any provocation? Who is Gen. Danjuma
if not for the oil wealth he is enjoying from the Niger Delta? He should
be rather arrested for being behind terrorism in the North. Where was
Danjuma when Mallam Ciroma Adamu threatened to make Nigeria
ungovernable, if President Jonathan defeated the All Progressive
Congress Presidential candidate, Gen. Muhammedu Buhari?  Where was this
so called statesman when the APC campaign Director General (DG), Mr.
Rotimi Ameachi threatened to form a parallel government if President
Jonathan wins the 2015 elections?  Where was this hypocrite when Dr.
Junaid Muhammed, Muhammedu Buhari and Atiku Abubakar all said in
separate interviews that the nation will boil if Jonathan won the
election in 2011? Is it the interest of Nigeria Gen. Danjuma is
protecting or his oil bloc in the Niger Delta?  Is it the interest of
Nigeria Danjuma is protecting or his 50 million dollars donation to Gen.
Buhari for his campaign? Let Gen. Danjuma and his cohorts know that
they will not see any Ijaw man, the Igbos and others to fight on their
side if the war that they are planning broke up,”.
In a related development, the Ijaw
Youths Council (IYC), also released a statement signed by its
spokesman, Eric Omare yesterday January 29th where they faulted the call
by Gen Danjuma to arrest the Niger Delta ex-militants.
 
“We
are surprised that General Danjuma swiftly called for the arrest of
Tompolo, Asari and other Niger-Deltans, whereas he has neither condemned
nor called for the arrest of those who have been consistently attacking
the convoy of President Jonathan in the northern part of the country.
General Danjuma’s call is not deserving of an elder statesman who is
supposed to be unbiased rather than his obvious bias against the
Niger-Delta people. Only yesterday, in Gombe State a supporter of
President Jonathan who was pasting his posters was attacked and
seriously brutalised. Why has General Danjuma not condemned this
dastardly act if he is really an elder statement? There
was no time at the meeting the Governor of Bayelsa State, Hon. Seriake
Dickson, with youth leaders and ex-Niger Delta freedom fighters where it
was resolved that Niger Delta people would destabilise Nigeria, if
President Jonathan fails the February 14, 2015 presidential
election. This did not form part of the resolutions of the meeting,
which were read out by Hon. Kingsley Kuku for Governor Dickson to
transmit to Mr. President. The meeting was called by the Governor of
Bayelsa State, to solicit support for President Jonathan from
Niger-Delta youths and ex-freedom fighters. However, the meeting frowned
at and  its dissatisfaction with the persistent attack on the campaign
convoy of President Jonathan in some northern states when General
Buhari, his main opponent, was protected and campaigned freely in the
south during his campaign tour. Hence, the meeting condemned in the
strongest terms the attack on President Jonathan and resolved that
nobody can intimidate President Jonathan out of the presidential race.
At the meeting, all the youth leaders and ex-Niger Delta freedom
fighters resolved to put their grievances aside and agree to work for
the re-election of President Jonathan. Therefore, the report on
ex-militants threatening to destabilise Nigeria in the event of
President Jonathan losing the 2015 election is not part of the
resolution of the meeting. The meeting could not have discussed that as
we are confident that President Jonathan would win the February 14, 2015 presidential
election. We, therefore, call on Nigerians and the security agencies to
disregard the call for arrest of Tompolo, Asari and others, which is
based on a misleading report. The accusation levelled against President
Jonathan by the APC is also unfounded,” the statement said.
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