The Indigenous People of Biafra on Sunday insisted that the November 18 governorship election in Anambra State would not hold.
It said the group would not allow any election process that would
perpetuate slave status and misery among the people of the area.
a statement by IPOB’s Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful in
Awka, the Anambra State capital, IPOD said it had not shifted ground on
the issue contrary to insinuations in some quarters.
The group said it would use the Anambra poll to demonstrate to the world that IPBO would not make empty threats.
The Anambra State Commissioner of Police, Mr Garba Umar had warned
that it would deal ruthlessly with any group that would threaten the
He said, ” The election had been scheduled by an
authorised government agency; nobody, including IPOB, has the capacity
to stop it.
He said the police in the state had the capacity to
suppress such threat, warning that those nursing such plot to have a
rethink or be ready to face the wrath of the law.
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”, Umar stated.
But IPOB in the press state on Sunday maintained that it would truncate the poll.
“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.
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.”