The proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has restated that it never called for the boycott of Saturday’s gubernatorial election in Anambra State, saying the election is of no interest to its members.
Spokesman of the Biafra agitators, Mr. Emma Powerful, insisted that they were more interested in securing the release of their leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, than the election in the state.
“We are the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) under the command and leadership of our great Leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. We wish to correct some misconceptions, unfounded speculations, and outright falsehood concerning our position on the forthcoming November 6 governorship election in Anambra State.
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“First of all, we wish to reiterate that IPOB did not at any time issue an order or call for the boycott of the said election contrary to misconceptions in certain quarters.
“In fact, IPOB has nothing to do with the Anambra election. Nobody should therefore link us with the election.
“The priority of IPOB is to secure the unconditional release of our Leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu who has been illegally detained since his rendition to Nigeria.
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All we said was that if by November 4 those who abducted and illegally detained him failed to release him unconditionally, Biafrans shall embark on civil disobedience of one-week sit-at-home beginning from November 5 to November 10.
Mr. Powerful refuted a voice note in circulation purportedly from the IPOB, saying the group never ordered the closure of hotels in Anambra State.
“That voice note ordering all hotels in Anambra State to shut down must stop. We now order all our volunteers to unravel the monster behind this wicked voice note. It’s now very obvious that some traitors are out to demonise IPOB.” he added.