The Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has dropped another major bombshell that may cost the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, the shot at the presidency.
Speaking in a broadcast to its members on Sunday, Kanu threw state executive governors from the south-east region under the bus, when he declared all 5 of them were working for the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari.
He said the governors were working for the president and not PDP’s Atiku Abubakar, because of their plan to return for second term by all means. Kanu said IPOB maintains its stand on boycotting the forthcoming general election and the demand for a referendum for Biafra’s exit from Nigeria.
The IPOB leader said there is no fairness in elections in Nigeria as votes do not count. “It’s shameful and very sad for any observer of what is happening to the east and, especially, Igbo people. If you are not mentally tough, you might be tempted to throw in the towel in surrender to Fulani hegemony, giving the conduct of some Igbo politicians,” Kanu said.
“Admittedly, some politicians show the potential of being reliable, however, as one intelligent man put it, politicians are often victims of linear thinking and logic. IPOB has proved that there are other centres of influence and power in the East. Those hoping that Atiku will sweep Biafraland because of the Obi factor are misguided, because almost every governor in the south-east is working for Jubril/Buhari. What a shame. Even Soludo of all people is working for Buhari.
“IPOB is not backing down on the boycott. Never!!. In the immediate past few years, IPOB has proven that, other than politicians, there are other centres of influence and power in Southeast and parts of South South. So, this current path we have chosen – the path of boycotting the 2019 elections – is a well considered one, geared to leaving no one in doubt that we mean business. We know some people are wondering what IPOB expects to gain when it refuses to participate in elections.
“The fact still remains that what happens in Nigeria is selection not election if not why would Dave Umahi in PDP be campaigning for a murderous APC government that killed his own people.”
Recall that, both Kanu and Umahi have been at logger heads because the Governor said Ebonyi state was not part of the states that formed the “Sovereign States of Biafra,” which had been proclaimed by the Indigenous People of Biafra.
Umahi, who also serves as Chairman of the South East Governors’ Forum, however, said some of the agitations of IPOB members were genuine, except that the approach used in actualising their objectives were bad. He also raised the alarm of an alleged threat of kidnap on the five governors of the zone by the group and added that the fresh threat was received via text messages, sent to his wife and his colleagues.
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