Ex-militant and leader of the Niger Delta Peoples Volunteer Force (NDPVF), Mujahid Asari-Dokubo, stated that re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan was the only guarantee for a peaceful post-2015, and disclosed he would join the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to help Jonathan win.
“2015 is already a settled matter; Goodluck Jonathan will be president in 2015. Whether they contest or they don’t contest, Goodluck Jonathan will be president,” he stated on Sunday at a Channels Television programme Politics Today, adding that he was be ready for violence if needed.
“If they say the blood of the dogs and the baboon will be soaked in water on the street, in blood on the street, in salt water on the street, we will help them soak them in blood,” he said in response to comments made by former Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari.
The latter was reported to have said in May 2012 that “If what happened in 2011 (alleged rigging) should again happen in 2015, by the grace of God, the dog and the baboon would all be soaked in blood.” Buhari said this in Hausa while addressing members of the CPC from Niger State, who paid him a courtesy visit in Kaduna. He also warned that 2015 would be bloody if the elections were not transparent.
Asari-Dokubo disclosed his plans to join PDP to be able to fight for Jonathan’s candidacy from the inside:
“I will declare for the PDP. We will fight, because in this battle, there is no retreat, no surrender. We will not take any prisoner of war. It will be total battle,” he added.
The activist further stated that the recent developments in PDP are far form being a crisis, and described the two former Presidents, Ibrahim Babangida and Olusegun Obasanjo, who are working towards an amicable resolution of the crisis, as “agents provocateur”, who are fueling the crisis by declaring that they do not want Jonathan to run in the 2015 elections.
He also accused them of secretly encouraging the Jigawa state governor, Sule Lamido to run for President, with Rivers state governor, Chubuike Amaechi as his deputy, recalling that at a recent public function, Babangida had said that Amaechi and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, were good to run for higher offices in 2015. He added that Amaechi is “a traitor to the collective aspirations of the people of Rivers State,” and whatever situation the governor is facing he deserved it.