Ilaje ex – militant group, the Niger Delta Coastline Vanguard (NDCV) has made an appeal to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP)‘s presidential candidate at the last general election, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, his Labour Party (LP) counterpart, Mr. Peter Obi and the presidential candidates of other political parties to join hands with President Bola Tinubu to move the country forward politically, economically and socially in the interest of all Nigerians.
The group, in a statement on Saturday, made the appeal while congratulating President Bola Tinubu, on the affirmation of his Presidential election victory by the Supreme Court, in Abuja on Thursday.
The leader of ex-militants Akogun Job Omotuwa described the triumph of the President at the apex court as “the ultimate judicial stamp on the landslide victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) flag bearer at the 2023 presidential poll held on February 25, 2023.”
He described the decision of the Supreme Court validating President Tinubu’s win as victory for democracy, the rule of law and a landmark judgement in the nation’s electoral jurisprudence that has become a reference point for generations to come.”
Omotuwa, also described the latest judicial victory of President Tinubu as the confirmation of the electoral wishes of the majority of Nigerians who massively voted the APC as the party of their choice.
Omotunwa said the affirmation of Tinubu’s victory by both the Presidential Election Petition Court and the Supreme Court has laid to rest all doubts and controversies raised by the opposition about the presidential election.
The ex-militant however advised the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) flag bearer, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, his Labour Party (LP) counterpart, Mr. Peter Obi and
the presidential candidates of other political parties to join hands with President Tinubu to move the country forward politically, economically and socially in the interest of Nigerians.
He also advised the candidates and parties whose petitions and appeals were not successful at the courts to accept the hand of fellowship earlier extended to them by President Tinubu since there must be an end to litigation after the electorate had spoken with their votes.
Omotuwa enjoined Nigerians irrespective of their political, ethnic and religious leanings to support President Tinubu’s vision to positively turn aro und the fortunes of Nigeria through his Renewed Hope agenda now that his election has been confirmed as legitimate by the apex court.
He said: @This is victory for democracy and rule of law. On behalf of the ex – militants, I congratulate the President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the leadership of the party, APC and Nigerians as a whole on this victory. Let’s all join hands with the President in it’s determined efforts to take our country to a new level of development and prosperity.”
Omotunwa equally urged President Tinubu to allow Ilaje ex – militants to handle the contracts of surveillance and monitoring to cover Ondo, Ogun and Lagos states littoral corridors.
He claimed that the NDCV has the capability, capacity, the required intelligence and human resources to work with federal government security agencies in the surveillance systems, stressing that illegal oil bunkering, vandalism and sabotage would be a thing of the past.