The rumour making the rounds that members of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) had endorsed the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd.) has been described as untrue.
Ex-militants, under the aegis of Leadership, Peace and Cultural Development Initiative (LPCDI), an umbrella body of all militants that accepted amnesty, stated that they did not endorse Buhari as their preferred candidate in the coming election.
President of the group, Reuben Wilson, in a press statement issued in Port Harcourt and titled: “Re: The Hoax Called Buhari’s Endorsement by MEND,” insisted that the group was not responsible for the statement credited to MEND.
Part of the statement reads: “We have read and heard of reports in the mass media on the purported endorsement of the APC presidential candidate, Muhammadu , and have decided to inform the public that we, the former leaders of militant camps who owned and controlled the activities of MEND did not and could not have endorsed Buhari as our candidate."