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The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has declared that contrary to wide speculations, it has no plan to disrupt the election in Igboland coming up in 2023.
In a press statement which was obtained by The Eastern Updates, the media and publicity secretary of the group, Emma Powerful, explained that there is no truth in any information circulating on alleged plans to disrupt the election in 2023 in Igboland.
The group rather went on to accuse the federal government of Nigeria of masterminding insecurity in the South East, with the hope of causing fear and accusing IPOB of their deeds.
Meanwhile, a recent video of a breakaway member of IPOB, Mr. Simon Ekpa recently surfaced on the internet, where he said the group would not let any election hold in Biafraland.
But in a press release on behalf of IPOB, Powerful said: ‘The IPOB leadership has for umpteenth time stated unequivocally that part of our modus operandi in our agitation for freedom has never been, is not and will not be violent agitation.
‘This explains our consistent demand for the UN to organise a Referendum in the Biafran territory for the Biafran people to determine their destiny. To this effect, IPOB is neither contemplating nor will it encouraged or sponsor anyone or group to disrupt Nigeria shambolic selection process called election.
‘IPOB has constantly made it public that we have no interest in and cannot legitimise the aberration they call election in Nigeria. We are a focused, determined and disciplined freedom-fighting movement not political thugs and IPOB is devoted to the cause of liberating our people from subjugation and from modern day slavery and Neo-colonialism and will not allow ourselves to be distracted from this very objective.’
The group continued that: ‘IPOB is not interested and will never involve ourselves in any Nigeria fraudulent pre-election or post-election issues. Our job is to open the eyes of the blinds by the gospel of truth which our leader has delivered already.
‘Whoever that is sponsoring any group or gang tagging them IPOB is on his/her own. For those who are hard of hearing, IPOB is one indivisible family under one central command and leadership.
‘If in the future IPOB leadership decides to make further statement on the upcoming Nigeria selection process called an election, we shall make such statement through our official channels.’
The Eastern Updates reports that presently there are fears in the South East over fears of violence.