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The deputy governorship candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) in Abia State, Hon. Obinna Ichita has revealed that if an APGA government is elected, they will make aggressive efforts to secure the release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
Ichita, who is also the incumbent member of the Abia State House of Assembly representing Aba South state constituency, clarified that Kanu is not a part of the insecurity in the South East, but instead part of its solution.
Ichita stressed the importance of a political solution rather than a violent approach to resolving the impasse between self-determination agitators and the Federal Government. He urged the government to engage Kanu instead of treating him as an enemy, adding that even wars are resolved on a negotiation table.
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Ichita also promised that if elected, the APGA-led government would take responsibility for pursuing Kanu’s release, as he is a son of Abia State. He called on the Federal Government to heed the appeals of eminent personalities to release Kanu, as ordered by the courts of the land.
The Eastern Updates recalls that Anambra State Governor, Chukwuma Soludo had a few months ago appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to release the IPOB leader.
The governor also offered to act as a surety for the IPOB leader who remains in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS).
The Chief Whip of the Senate and former Governor of Abia State, Orji Kalu, similarly offered to stand as Kanu’s surety if granted bail again.
Soludo, who spoke at a rally in Akwa, Anambra State to launch the national campaign of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), underscored the need for critical conversations on the degenerating security situation in the South-East involving all major stakeholders.