Why South-South States Will Vote Atiku and PDP Again – Annkio Briggs


Prominent Niger Delta Activist, Annkio Briggs, has said that the South-South will vote overwhelmingly for PDP because in the areas of the economy, security, political inclusiveness, injustice, human rights abuse the situation is worse now than 2015

Ms Annkio Briggs who responding to reporters questions on whether the South-South will still vote PDP said: “Absolutely! I mean even in the election that brought Buhari in, the South-South voted overwhelmingly for PDP. So, what has changed? Their situation is worse in 2018 going into 2019 in the areas of the economy, security, political inclusiveness, injustice, human rights abuse and all of that. The situation is worse now than it ever has been in Nigeria.

“The situation is worse now than in 2015 when Buhari came to power. So, what makes you think that for some reasons people will wake up in 2019 and all of a sudden Buhari will win elections in Rivers, Delta, Bayelsa and Akwa Ibom states? Buhari is not going to win elections in the Niger Delta. Anybody that counts votes and claims that Buhari has won election here is looking for trouble because it’s not possible. He can never win elections here. I am not saying that some South-South people are not working for him.

“There are misguided South-South people that are working for Buhari. But their misguided-ness is not enough to win elections for Buhari here. One or two people will vote for Buhari, but he will not win in the South-South. That is why we are seriously concerned that they are going to forment violence; that’s the way they are going. They are going to rig the elections. The election is not going to be free and fair. On the governorship election, I can tell you, for instance, that there is no way Governor Wike will lose any election in River State. You can quote me. It is impossible for Wike to lose elections in River State. Even if my father wakes up from his grave and stands election against Wike next year, he will not win. So, any attempt to claim that Wike lost election in Rivers is an attempt to destabilise the state. That’s why we are cautioning that the elections must be free and fair. People must be allowed to vote for whomever they want. So, we are worried about the violence they want to perpetrate. But we will not accept any result that is contrary to the will of the people.”

On the delay in the #Ogoniclean-up project due to funding, she said: “it is an insult and unacceptable for Shell to say that it is donating money for the clean-up of an environment it is totally 100 per cent responsible for its devastation. Secondly, the Federal Government is a joint venture partner with oil companies that operate in the Niger Delta; they are joint venture partners of 60 per cent to the Federal Government and 40 per cent to the oil companies; we the owners of the oil have nothing. Now, if the Federal Government is going about begging for money to clean-up Ogoni land, the question is what has it done with the 60 per cent share it owns in oil and gas exploration?

“The Nigerian government has no business trying to raise over a hundred million dollars for the clean-up of Ogoni land; it is like a drop of water in the ocean of the clean-up of the Niger Delta. How dare they talk about raising money for the exercise when they are wasting more than that in places where Boko Haram had destroyed; when they are using more than that to rehabilitate the insurgents or fight Boko Haram that they are technically defeating and Boko Haram is still killing hundreds and hundreds of soldiers and other human beings. This government is not sincere; the government is lying.”

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