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We Didn’t Endorse Buhari-MEND Cries

We Didn’t Endorse Buhari-MEND Cries

Former militants in the Niger Delta have described the recent endorsement of the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd.) by the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) as a hoax.

The ex-militants, under the aegis of Leadership, Peace and Cultural Development Initiative (an umbrella body of all leading members of MEND who abandoned militancy in the creeks and accepted amnesty) said they owned and controlled the activities of MEND and could not have endorsed Buhari as their candidate.

President of the group, Reuben Wilson, said in a statement titled: “Re: The Hoax Called Buhari’s Endorsement by MEND” and issued in Port Harcourt on Thursday that the group was not responsible for the statement credited to MEND.

The statement read, “We have read and heard of reports in the mass media on the purported endorsement of the APC presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari and have decided to inform the public that we, the former leaders of militant camps who owned and controlled the activities of MEND did not and could not have endorsed Buhari as our candidate.

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