Party supporters raise flags in support of Nigerian President and Presidential candidate of the ruling People's Democratic Party Goodluck Jonathan and Vice President Namadi Sambo during a rally in Lagos on January 8, 2015. Nigeria's President Goodluc ~ PIUS UTOMI EKPEI
Abuja - The so-called Middle Belt Dialogue (MBD) has endorsed the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan although it is not satisfied with his performance during his first term.
Central to the organisation’s concerns is the alleged failure by state governments to compensate victims of the 2011 post-election violence.
Election-related and communal violence in the north after the April 2011 presidential poll reportedly left more than 800 people dead.
“Although the federal government allegedly provided funds to state governments to pay compensation to victims of the 2011 post-election violence, it is clear that governors across the north circulated these funds to the communities that perpetrated the violence, destruction and killings,” read a statement distributed to media.
MBD said churches and Christian victims had not been rebuilt nor such compensation been extended to families of victims.
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“No political party or candidate shall be given unconditional support by the Middle Belt. Upon careful consideration of the issues above, and the need to invest in the safety and future stability of the Middle Belt, the summit resolved to support the candidature of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan in the 2015 presidential election on clearly articulated conditions that the secretariat of the MBD has been mandated to negotiate with the president.”
MBD said its recently-concluded summit therefore unanimously resolved that irrespective of political leanings, all ethnic nationalities should vote in numbers and ensure the success of President Jonathan at the polls.
“While we are obviously not completely satisfied with Jonathan, we will be eroding our freedom and would be paying/rewarding Boko Haram by even remotely considering the possibility of voting for (APC’s Muhammadu) Buhari.”
MBD is an umbrella organisation of ethnic nationalities in the middle belt.