The Peoples Democratic Party Board of Trustees Secretary, Senator Walid Jibril, on Saturday warned Niger Delta ex-militants on the consequences of the use of threat against Nigerians if Dr. Goodluck Jonathan is not re-elected as President in the February 14 presidential election.
Jibril noted that the use of threat would not help the President’s re-election bid.
The ex-militants — leader of the Niger Delta Peoples Volunteer Force, Asari Dokubo, Victor Ben Ebikabowei(Boy Loaf), Government Ekpudomenowei(Tompolo) and other militants, had during a meeting in the Bayelsa Government House about a week ago, vowed to unleash violence on Nigerians if Jonathan failed in his re-election bid.
They also said any attempt to unseat the president would be seen as a direct affront to the Ijaw nation.
However, the BoT secretary, in an interview with journalists in Kaduna on Saturday, argued that the so-called war threat by the ex-militants and other inflammatory languages could derail the chances of Jonathan and destroy the goodwill of Nigerians, which the President might be enjoying.
He distanced the ruling party from the use of threat and other unguarded utterances in the name of showing support for the President.
He added that the Niger Delta ex-militants were speaking for themselves and not the party’s presidential flag bearer.
According to him, those threatening the country on behalf of the president were on their own.
He said neither the president nor the party would support the disintegration of the country.
“Nobody should spoil the President’s chances. I am sure those threatening war are on their own. What they are saying does not represent the views of the South-South. The PDP will not support the break up of Nigeria.
“I call on supporters of the party, who are also supporters of the president to be careful of their utterances. The president will not encourage his people abusing others,” he said.