According to the group, the government’s efforts to arrest the ex-militant chief, is just an unrelenting and unwarranted onslaught.
In an interview with newsmen on Tuesday, January 19, the group’s spokesman, Bolarinwa Ajayi, described what it termed “the unrelenting and unwarranted onslaught on Government Ekpemupolo, a.k.a Tompolo as more of a witch-hunt than any real drive against corruption.”
The group said: “This is a clear case of political vendetta taken too far. First, they tried to rope in Tompolo on account of the National Maritime University. When that failed, they started talking of Okerekonko community land. that has failed, now they are talking of N34 billion laundering. Who do they expect to believe that Tompolo laundered money?”
“If we are not careful, the present APC administration will truncate democracy and plunge our nation into needless internal strife due to its utter clueless stance of fighting absolutely everyone at the same time,” the APND asserted.
The group also alleged that: “Tompolo’s only crime is that he refused to abandon President Jonathan and refused to work for APC in Bayelsa.”
It claimed that: “the present government having realized its inability to rescue Nigeria from impending economic doom, is hounding its perceived enemies out of desperation.”
Tompolo has said he is not guilty of all the allegations leveled against him, he made the disclosure in an open letter personally signed by himself and addressed to President Buhari.
The former militant-lord denied involvement in the alleged N34 billion Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) fraud for which he is currently being hounded.