IPOB insists on no election in Anambra state.
The leadership of the Indigenous people of Biafra (IPOB) says its resolution to boycott the forthcoming Anambra governorship election
slated for November 18, 2017 remains sacrosanct.
In the statement signed by the group’s media and publicity secretary, Emma powerful, IPOB said the Anambra election boycott would
be a sure way of proving to the whole world that Biafrans are determined to be liberated.
“We IPOB maintain that there will be no more elections in Biafraland starting with Anambra State this year”,
it said stressing that it has never shifted ground on its stands on the poll.
Meanwhile, some unidentified youths allegedly operating under the banner of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) have disrupted a
governorship campaign programme of the Progressing People Alliance (PPA) candidate, Godwin Chukwunaenye Ezeemo.
Ezeemo campaign team were at the God’s Own Pentecostal, Church Odoekpe, in Ogbaru Local Government of
Anambra State to interact with party faithfuls on Saturday when young men, brandishing Biafran flags and singing Biafran
songs besieged the venue, ordering the candidate and his team to leave.
They blamed their grievances on the prolonged neglect of the area by successive governments in Anambra state.
They specifically fingered the Willie Obiano administration for failing to fulfill his promises to them.
“We have been lied to and used for so long by these politicians and we do not need them again. Our youths are jobless,
our roads are bad. We want our freedom and we do not want all these politicians here anymore,” they argued.
Mr. Ezeemo who managed to calm the protesters, however informed them that he is a Biafran in practice given that
he brought down all his investments to his homeland in Anambra.
He further explained that addressing the challenges of poverty and development was the reasons he was vying for
governorship of Anambra.
His words: “I can understand the agitation of these youths. We have been lied to for so long by these politicians
but I have left Britain to come back home so I can make things right. Just give me a chance, I will not let you down.”.
The incident happened barely 24 hours after a defiant kanu stormed Onitsha and addressed thousands of supporters,
albeit encouraging residents to boycott the Anambra poll. “There will be no election in Anambra and Biafraland forever and ever.
This land belongs to Biafra. Our enemies will fail. We are without fear before our enemies.
I will be alive to see Biafra or death fighting for it. You all must see Biafra”,
Kanu told flag-waving and cheering crowd that thronged Omogba Phase II Onitsha on July 8.
However, in a fresh statement on Sunday, IPOB insists that its members would not participate in any
kind of poll that is not geared towards self-determination of the Biafraland. “Biafrans cannot be
reasonably expected to agree to any electoral process that will only perpetuate their current slave
status and misery in this colonial contraption named Nigeria. While we may accept being routinely killed and
dispossessed outside our land, such intimidation cannot be allowed to go unchecked in Biafraland.
Meanwhile, Dr. Dozie Ikedife, a former President General of Ohaneze Ndigbo and founding figure of IPOB,
had voiced his objection to the IPOB’s planned boycott of the crucial governorship poll.
Ikedife, a member of the Supreme Council of Elders of the Indigenous People of Biafra told Our news men in an
exclusive interview from his base in Nnewi last week that denying Biafra agitators the opportunity to exercise their
civic rights in the election would be unwise and counterproductive.
According to the foremost medical scientist and anthropologist, the election boycott could provide the leeway for an
unpopular candidate to emerge victorious with unforeseen consequences on the people of the state.
He argued that “when you boycott this and that election, you are showing disobedient to the law of the land.
I don’t buy the idea that you should disobey the law of the land.
He went further: “Due to the boycott of last census, the people of the South East geopolitical zone were under-counted.
And we are still enduring the consequence of that census boycott and the resultant under-counting in the region.
The Kanu led IPOB, is not only pushing for boycott of the poll, but warned Igbo leaders opposed to the secession
bid of IPOB to retrace their steps before it’s too late.
“It is unfortunate that these persons and certain others have predictably fallen for the usual crumbs falling off the
master’s table in Aso Rock in exchange for their shameful public rejection of the IPOB led Biafra restoration project.
A few selfish individuals motivated by greed, envy and jealousy, whose whole life has been characterised by
merchandising in misery and suffering cannot trade with our future anymore”, it said.
The group insists that it can no longer a selection (election) midwifed by federal government under the
control of northern political forces. “This present generation of Biafrans can promise them that days are
gone by when leaders emerge in Biafraland through a process of selection determined by Hausa Fulani
oligarchy in Sokoto and Kaduna. The era of Sokoto Caliphate and Aso Rock dictating political outcomes
in Biafraland is over and will be confirmed on the 18th of Nov. 2017.