3rd September, 2010
The leader of Niger Delta Peoples Volunteer Force and stalwart of Action Congress ofÂ Nigeria, Asari Dokubo, says he is ready to die for President Goodluck Jonathan to ensureÂ that he is elected as president next year.
He said he would rather die for Jonathan than support other aspirants who have been symbolsÂ of oppression to the people of the oil bearing region of Nigeria.
Dokubo who featured recently in a current affairs programme on LOVE FM 97.7 Port Harcourt,Â South-South Nigeria, called Editorâ€™s Roundtable, said it will be inconceivable for anybodyÂ from the Niger Delta to be lending support to those he called symbols of oppression of theÂ people of the region.
He argued that as far he was concerned, those calling on Jonathan not to contest are notÂ only political enemies of the region, but people who still harbour the primordial sentimentÂ that the people of the region are second class citizens.
He said that after taking â€œa good look at those coming to rule us again, I have no doubt inÂ my mind that Jonathan is the most qualified, not because he is an Ijaw, but because heÂ satisfies the constitutional requirement and he perhaps possesses the last chance of theÂ people of the South-South region.â€
Dokubo also argued that from the pre-colonial era to date, the people of the South-SouthÂ have been supporting the other regions to govern the country.
â€œWhy will they not support us now that divine providence has thrown up someone from theÂ region to govern this country? When will a South-South person govern this country at theÂ highest level?â€
On whether he will run for any political post in 2011, he said: â€œI donâ€™t believe in theÂ entity called Nigeria, and I cannot swear by its constitution. I donâ€™t believe in theÂ Nigerian constitution because we were not consulted before it was written. I will, however,Â support anybody who contests.â€
â€”Okafor Ofiebor/Â Â Â Â Â Port Harcourt