Ex-militant leader, in the Niger Delta, Government Ekpemupolo, also known as Tompolo, has reacted to the reported endorsement of President Muhammadu Buhari by ex-militant leaders in the region.
Tompolo recalled that President Buhari sent the military harassed, brutalised and killed his father, Chief Thomas Ekpemupolo in 2015 and has not made any statement up till now.
Tompolo, who spoke from his creek hideout yesterday, said he was not part of ex-militant leaders, who purportedly planned to endorsed President Muhammadu Buhari in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, as their preferred candidate for Saturday’s presidential poll.
Tompolo was reacting to a report where he was listed as one of the five ex-militant leaders involved in the arrangement facilitated by another ex-militant leader, Boyloaf.
In a statement by his Media Adviser and Consultant, Paul Bebenimibo, Tompolo said, “We wish to notify the general public that Tompolo is not aware of this development.
“The attention of Tompolo has been drawn to a press release in the online platform that he (Tompolo) is among five ex-militant leaders who are set to endorse Buhari as preferred candidate of the February 16, presidential election in Port Harcourt.
“The endorsement is said to be coordinated by Boyloaf. It must be pointed out that Tompolo has not been in touch with Boyloaf since 2015. Tompolo is not in endorsement politics.
“Tompolo is presently troubled with the way and manner his kinsmen in Gbaramatu Kingdom are being harassed and intimidated by President Buhari military on daily basis.
“This same military harassed, brutalised and killed his father, Chief Thomas Ekpemupolo in 2015 and up till now President Buhari has not made any statement by way of apology to him. Therefore, what will be the reason for Tompolo to endorse him, to further kill his kinsmen?”
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