Founder of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), Mr. Government Ekpemopolo, also known as Tompolo, has described the presidential pardon granted former Governor of Bayelsa State, Diepriye Alamieyeseigha, as the best thing President Goodluck Jonathan has done for the Niger Delta people.
Tompolo who was addressing journalists at Oporoza, Warri North Local Government said the action further guarantees the Niger Delta people’s support for the President’s second term bid.
He argued that as a Nigerian, President Jonathan is constitutionally qualified to run, having been given the go-ahead by a federal high court sitting in Abuja.
Tompolo said the Niger Delta people view the second term bid of the President as the right of the people of the region where the President is from.
The former MEND leader, however, declined further comments on the 24 years sentence handed MEND’s former leader, Henry Okah, describing it simply as a family matter that will be sorted out.