IPOB Insists On Sit-at-Home In South-East From November 5, Says Group Didn't Declare Boycott Of November 6 Anambra Election
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has said it has no interest in the Anambra election slated for November 6.
It, however, said the sit-at-home exercise across the southeastern part of Nigeria commencing from the eve of Anambra election will hold.
IPOB stated that the only option to avert the sit-at-home is if President Muhammadu Buhari’s government releases Kanu on or before November 4.
Many groups and individuals have been concerned with the IPOB's latest sit-at-home order which Nigeria Police have seen as a threat to the governorship election in Anambra.
Ohanaeze Ndigbo also issued a statement on Wednesday calling for an emergency meeting of Igbo leaders to address the issue.
Reacting, IPOB reiterated that it has not asked Anambra residents to boycott the governorship election but the sit-at-home will hold.
Nnamdi Kanu-led group said this in a statement by its spokesperson, Emma Powerful, which was made available to SaharaReporters on Thursday.
The statement read, "The global movement and family of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) ably led by our great and indefatigable leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu wish to clarify that contrary to speculations and blackmail, IPOB has never made any official statement or called for the boycott of Anambra State gubernatorial election coming on 6th of November 2021. It will therefore be wrong for people to speculate or peddle falsehood against us when there is no basis for such.
"For the sake of clarity, what we said was that the entire Biafra land would be locked down from November 5 to November 10, 2021 if by November 4 the federal government fails to release our leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu unconditionally.
"Our position has nothing to do with Anambra election. All we need is the release of our Leader who committed no crime to be held perpetually in custody. We have gathered through intelligence the plot by Nigerian Government to keep our leader in detention perpetually through frivolous court adjournments.
"Politicians must leave IPOB out of their predicaments. They should stop dragging IPOB into their election. We knew their evil plans when they were killing their fellow politicians and blaming it on IPOB. They should leave us alone.
"Using social media to link IPOB to Anambra election shows most of them are not informed about plots by Nigeria Government and her security operatives to hijack this election and give it to whom they feel to perfect establishment of Ruga in Anambra State. But that won't work for them because IPOB is ahead of their game plan.
"We urge media houses to be objective in their reportage and cross-check their facts. IPOB has never at any time called for boycott of Anambra election. Media houses should stop publishing lies against us."