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How IPOB, APGA can negotiate for power at the federal level, by Aisha Yesufu

Pascal Oparada

IPOB, The Indigenous People of Biafra can control political power in the southeast and at the federal levels of government if it gets its acts together and forms an alliance with the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), says rights activist, Aisha Yesufu.

Yesufu was reacting to the just concluded governorship election in Anambra won by Charles Soludo of APGA.

She said instead of IPOB issuing endless sit-at-home orders in the Southeast, it can ally with APGA to control political power in the region and even at the federal level.

According to a report by the Punch, Yesufu said: “Imagine if IPOB works with APGA to control the political power in the South East? Bring the best candidates to be nominated. Show the rest of us how people with competence, character and capacity in leadership positions can change a region. Use the power to negotiate at Federal level.

“An APGA/IPOB alliance can bring the South East together politically. Instead of IPOB wasting its goodwill on giving sit-at-home orders, they can make it ‘nominate and vote credible candidates’ order.”

“With that power, you can negotiate with any party wanting to win presidential elections and give the terms for your alliance. Any party interested in winning the region must be ready to meet your terms. That way, no party takes the region for granted.

“Everyone knows that South East is for PDP at the presidential level. It shouldn’t be so. South-East should be for whichever party is ready to give South-East the best deal!

“Use your political might to negotiate. Let PDP sweat for it too.”

IPOB’s suspension of the sit-at-home in Anambra is believed to have contributed to the relatively peaceful election in Anambra.

Yesufu believes that IPOB can leverage that and negotiate for power and bring peace to the southeast.