- Category: Politics
- Published on Tuesday, 14 September 2010 08:20
- Written by Nigerian Compass
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DAAR Communications Chairman and Campaign Coordinator for former President Ibrahim Babangida, Chief Raymond Dokpesi, yesterday said that a vote for President Goodluck Jonathan in next year’s presidential poll is a recipe for anarchy and disintegration of the country.
Dokpesi, in a petition to the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Hafiz Ringim, accused Chief Edwin Clark and 10 other members of the forum as the brains behind his present ordeal.
He denied being a member of the forum, adding that since the meeting took place, he had received several phone calls threatening to kidnap his eldest son by Monday, next week, if he did not step down as Babangida’s campaign coordinator.
Dokpesi had, in the petition, sought a thorough investigation of threat to his life and family by a group called Joint Revolutionary Council, comprising of alliance units of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, active combat units of the Niger Delta Peoples Volunteer Force and the Matyrs Brigade.
The DAAR boss said that the group also declared him a persona non grata in the Niger Delta and wondered why the Jonathan campaign groups could resort to intimidation and blackmail if they were sure of victory for the president.
He added that with the harassment of his person, it was sure that the 2011 elections were already rigged.
His words: “If they are so sure of their victory, why do they have to resort to intimidation and blackmail? This is an indication that they are facing a lot of challenges and they have always been running propaganda. I am sure Akhigbe can not tell anybody in Afemai that he was part of agreement to maim, kill, members of my family.
“There were three serving ministers present at that meeting where I do not belong, I do not intend to belong to a so called South South Elders Forum. I was born into one united Nigeria. I want to leave Nigeria in peace, a vote for Jonathan is a vote for anarchy. Is a call to the disintegration of Nigeria.
“The people that are promoting and projecting that campaign do not have the love of a united Nigeria at heart. I come out very strongly to defend the unity of this country, no matter what it costs me. I have paid my dues in this country and I know more than any other person that this country needs to be united. You cannot achieve success by way of intimidation.”
On whether Jonathan was involved in his present ordeal, the DAAR boss said: “The names of those that were involved, the elders and leaders of South-South are the group of campaigners for Jonathan. If you want to push me further, I am the Chairman of the South-South Peoples Assembly, there is no point mentioning… it is from the Villa itself that they requested that, that statement be issued. It is directly from the Villa.
“Well let me state clearly for respect for the Constitution and the people of Nigeria that I do not have evidence of the fact that Jonathan is involved...”