A former militant leader, High Chief Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo, has denied the news story in an online platform, that he is among five ex-militant leaders who are set to endorse President Muhammadu Buhari as their preferred candidate for the February 16 Presidential election, in Port Harcourt.
Speaking through his media adviser and consultant, Comrade Paul Bebenimibo, he said:” We wish to notify the general public that Tompolo is not aware of this development. The endorsement is said to be coordinated by Boyloaf. It must be pointed out that Tompolo has not been in touch with Boyloaf since 2015. Tompolo is not in endorsement politics.
“Tompolo is presently troubled with the way and manner his kinsmen in Gbaramatu kingdom are been harassed and intimidated by President Muhammadu Buhari’s military on daily basis.”
Speaking further, he explained that: “This same military harassed, brutalised and killed his father, Chief Thomas Ekpemupolo in 2015, and up till now, President Buhari has not made any statement by way of apology to him. And so, what will be the reason for Tompolo to endorse him – to further kill his kinsmen?
“Tompolo has been in agony since 2015 as the present government is after him for unsubstantiated allegations of corruption. It is not true that Tompolo is part of those who are set to endorse President Buhari in Port Harcourt, therefore President Buhari and the general public should disregard the news as it is purely a fake news,” he concluded.