Despite assurances from the Nigeria Police, the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has again said it will disrupt the November 18 governorship election in Anambra State. The pro-Biafra group reiterated its stand to truncate the poll in a statement in Awka by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful that was sent to CHECKPOINTCHARLEY.
IPOB had reacted to the threat by Anambra State Commissioner of Police, Mr Garba Umar that it would deal ruthlessly with any group that threatens the Anambra election.
Umar had said, “The election had been scheduled by an authorised government agency; nobody, including IPOB, has the capacity to stop it.
” Anambra Citizens have the right to have periodic elections to elect their leaders; nobody or group of persons can deny them such right.
“We are here to provide them the protection to exercise their franchise. Nobody can’t stop them from exercising their constitutional rights. We shall have no option than to suppress such threat. We have the capacity to do so.”
But IPOB insisted in the statement that it would not allow any election that would perpetuate slave status and misery among the people of the area, saying that it had not changed its mind on the issue contrary to insinuations in some quarters.
The statement partly read, “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.
“We are therefore calling on all those who claim to be Igbo leaders especially those on the payroll of Nigerian government to please retrace their steps before it is too late.”