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General News of Tuesday, 14 June 2022


Why IPOB should support elections in Igbo land – Nnamdi Kanu’s former Secretary

Amaka Ekwo, the former Press Secretary of Nnamdi Kanu Amaka Ekwo, the former Press Secretary of Nnamdi Kanu

Amaka Ekwo, the former Press Secretary of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has encouraged members of the group and citizens in the southeast to vote in the 2023 general elections.

According to her, the decision of the southeast not to vote in the elections will come as a disadvantage to Peter Obi in the presidential poll. The former Anambra governor is standing on the ticket of the Labour Party after quitting the PDP hours before the primaries.

Recall, Ekwo has earlier said ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) administration led by President Muhammadu Buhari, “does not respect the rule of law”, and voter apathy from southeast electorates mean the governing party’s chances of retaining power in 2023 is high.

“We must be careful. Any attempt to stop the election in Biafra-land will not be good for IPOB. If IPOB puts @PeterObi at a disadvantage in the coming election, Igbo politicians will never allow #BiafraReferendum to take place. They may fight to end IPOB,” Ekwo wrote on her official Twitter handle.

Her statement comes days after Simon Ekpa, the self-styled disciple of detained, Nnamdi Kanu leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has promised the proscribed group will disrupt any plans by the government to hold the general election in the region in 2023.

In a post shared on his official Twitter handle at the start of June, Ekpa who was announced as the lead broadcaster of Radio Biafra, appointed to replace Nnamdi Kanu in Radio Biafra warned that there will not be a "2023 General elections in Biafra land"

"We hereby declare no election, no 2023 elections in Biafraland. This no election in Biafraland has been activated. We are going to make it a task that must be done by every Biafran.

All measures will be put in place to make sure adequate civil obedience is implemented in Biafraland.”

The group revealed the states said to be part of the Republic of Biafra if they break away from Nigeria. In a 2016 statement signed by the spokespersons of IPOB, Emma Nmezu and Dr. Clifford Chukwuemeka Iroanya, the group pointed out that in present-day Nigeria, Biafra covers: Abia, Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta, Ebonyi, Enugu, Imo, and Rivers states as well as Igbanke in Edo State, Igala in Kogi State, and Idoma in Benue State.

Ekwo's comment has since drawn reactions from social media users who are divided on the issue.

@OlisaUdume said: "#BiafraReferendum is not in the hands of IGBO politicians. They have fought IPOB and are still fighting IPOB. They are the ones that recommended that IPOB be proscribed. #BiafraReferendum and #BiafraRevolution is in the hands of the people."

@Anyigod80 said: "nwa mama garage our lady's, it's not like that, every Igbo's needs to support Peter obi to achieve our aims, Amaka has explained everything. In this 2023 election, every state in Igbo land suppose to give obi 1.5 to 2 million votes"

@ihechimdere commented: "What have they been doing??? This woman it’s better you pick a side now and tell us you’re on the side of Nigerian politicians now. It’s reasonable to state that IPOB shouldn’t interfere in the election but what’s the meaning of Igbo politicians will not allow referendum?"

@nonso27694239 said: "You worked with MNK as a career agitator we understand that fact, but the "NO ELECTION IN BIAFRA LAND" is a task that must be done by those who were borne to liberate Biafra.Take your political correctness to Kaduna and Kano simple."

@Nj99625368 simply said: Don't drag #IPOB in with ur electioneering mantra. #IPOB have not made any official statement on the election.U can choose to campaign for Peter obi as an individual but don't drag IPOB into it.. The igbo politicians have never supported us and wouldn't even if Obi win.

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