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|2011: Militants Hold Secret Meetings With Ibb, Buhari ! by wales(m): 5:51am On Sep 06, 2010|
THERE are indications that President Goodluck Jonathan is yet to strike a deal with leaders of key militant groups in the Niger Delta to strengthen his chances of winning the South-South zone if he decides to run in the 2011 presidential election.
Indications to this effect emerged in the light of efforts by leaders of the militants, who had given up on the government amnesty initiative to engage presidential aspirants from the North in exploratory talks on how to fit into their presidential programmes.
Two leaders of militant groups which surrendered arms in the wake of the Federal Government’s amnesty had arrived in Abuja last week to hold talks with northern presidential aspirants, including General Ibrahim Babangida and General Muhammadu Buhari.
Nigerian Tribune learnt through aides of the aspirants that the militants complained that they were not being consulted by President Jonathan.
The militant heads were said to have canvassed a view that their full participation in the ongoing political process would enhance their resolve to finally discard the toga of militancy, just as they reportedly expressed dismay that their efforts to dissolve into the campaign programme of President Jonathan were not being appreciated.
It is not certain which specific roles the militants desired to play in the presidential campaigns of the aspirants, whom they reportedly met. However, it was disclosed that tentative agreements were reached by the campaign team of General Buhari that they should make a bold appearance during his inaugural campaign summit scheduled to take place in Abuja any moment from now.
Checks within the IBB campaign organisation revealed that none of the militant leaders was able to meet the Minna general in person, but reportedly met his aides in Abuja and told them about their desire to feature in his campaign programmes.
When the militants met with the representatives of the ex-president recently, Nigerian Tribune gathered that they vowed to support him if he agreed to a one-term tenure and hand over power to a candidate from the South-South geopolitical zone in 2015.
Nigerian Tribune gathered that Babangida was told to rescind his decision of handing over to a candidate from the South-East, choose a vice-president from South-South, implement the white paper of the Ledun Mittee committee and create additional states in the South-South geopolitical zone.
Investigations by the Nigerian Tribune revealed that the militants were working with notable South-South governors, who were said to be working underground for different northern presidential aspirants following their irreconcilable differences with President Jonathan.
|Re: 2011: Militants Hold Secret Meetings With Ibb, Buhari ! by labiyemmy(m): 6:42am On Sep 06, 2010|
So militants are now kingmakers who needs to be consulted?
|Re: 2011: Militants Hold Secret Meetings With Ibb, Buhari ! by Nobody: 10:25am On Sep 06, 2010|
I believe it is time for MEND to show that it is a holistic organisation as it claims. If key militants know that a sickle is dangling over their heads and they may never be able to return home after ther elections, they will put their tails in between their legs and stay put. , pardone my condone of violence but a son of the gun only understands the language of the gun. MEND,
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