The youth wing of the Pan Niger Delta Forum, on Tuesday, denied media reports that the body endorsed the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, saying it was the handiwork of ‘few hungry old men.’
Arising from an emergency meeting in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, they condemned what they regarded as ‘the desperation of an old dying generation of elders that lack integrity.’
The purported endorsement has caused a rift in the Pan Niger Delta group, with the Publicity Secretary, Chief Sara-Igbe Anabs, saying that at no time did they meet as a body to take that decision.
Sara-Igbe said, “The leaders can say anything, but it should be on record that PANDEF has not met to take any such decision.
“As far as I am concerned, we have not met as a body and besides, the constitution of PANDEF bans the forum from being partisan.”
A statement signed after their meeting on Tuesday by its Youth Coordinator, Famous Daunemigha, leaders from Edo and Delta states, General Don Ben and Abule Ateh, said PANDEF was apolitical and therefore the endorsement of Atiku by a few elders was null, void and unconstitutional.