South South elders and stakeholders take a stand against Tinubu in 2023.

Elders, stakeholders, and a coalition of socio-political and professional groups in the Niger Delta have begun efforts to educate and galvanize the region’s electorate on the selection of a presidential candidate for the 2023 election.

Following a series of consultations at various levels across the South-South, it was decided that the Niger Delta had been bleeding since the start of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration and was in dire straits.

Elders, stakeholders, and professionals formed the Alliance for Rescue of the Niger Delta Region, or ARNDR, with the goal of protecting and promoting the region’s interests in the February 2023 presidential elections.

In a statement issued yesterday by coalition spokesperson James Komobila, the group explained that its stance against the All Progressives Congress, APC, and presidential candidate Bola Tinubu stemmed from the party’s brazen acts of disdain and deprivation against the Niger Delta people during the party’s seven-year national administration. It was noted that, while the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, initiated, established, and implemented landmark interventions for peace and development in the region such as the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Presidential Amnesty Programme, PAP, Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board, NCDMB, and the 1999 constitutional provision of 13 percent derivation from natural resources, the APC under President Buhari had not.

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