The Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) has retracted its earlier threat to disrupt the November 18 governorship elections in Anambra state.
According to the group, the plan from the beginning had been to boycott the elections and not to disrupt it.
IPOB’s Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, in a statement on Sunday said “The leadership and entire members of the Indigenous People of Biafra worldwide, led by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, wish to state for the purpose of clarity that we are boycotting the Anambra governorship election, which is a form of civil disobedience. The rumour that the IPOB intend to disrupt the polls on Saturday as peddled by politicians, Nnia Nwodo-led Ohanaeze Ndigbo and the Independent National Electoral Commission, is not only baseless, but also it is completely unfounded.”
Pre-hatched plan: Powerful said the Saturday election in Anambra state is only the acting out of a script by the Federal government who have already decided the winner of the election.
“We insist on total boycott of all election because voting in Anambra or any other elections in Nigeria is an exercise in futility since Aso Rock has already decided who it wants to be sworn in as governor of the state.”
Voting on Saturday, a risky venture: He added that it would be foolhardy to participate in the elections when there are guns hanging over their heads, ready to go off at any time.
“Risking one’s life to go and vote on Saturday, with trigger-happy Hausa/Fulani soldiers looking for a Biafran to kill, is a risky adventure not worth undertaking by any sane person. Anambra people must know that the same politicians asking us to go and vote were the same people that conspired with Aso Rock cabal to bring death to our land through the Operation Python Dance II,” he said.
What IPOB wants: “We hereby warn all commercial vehicle operators to please stay away from Anambra State, starting from the evening of November 17, because any vehicle seen will be regarded as hostile and working to subvert the will of the people. Therefore, we advise everybody to stay in doors on that fateful day in Anambra State and to desist from driving through the state from 5pm on Friday, November 17 to 6pm on Saturday the 18th,” the statement read.