The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has disowned Prof Ben Nwabueze for his endorsement, alongside other Igbo leaders, of the candidacy of Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The Igbo leaders had endorsed the Atiku/Obi ticket for 2019 on Wednesday, saying it held the best hope for the South-East region.
Reacting on its Radio Biafra Facebook page, IPOB frowned at the endorsement, especially the involvement of Nwabueze, deeming it a betrayal.
The statement read, “Professor Ben Nwabueze is no longer one of us. He has joined the enemy camp. 50 years of embracing every Fulani presidential candidate that comes to Enugu with a bag of foreign currency has never yielded anything positive for our people.
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“Every promise and declaration Prof. Nwabueze made to IPOB leadership he has broken. From insisting that nobody should meet him for peace with IPOB unless the terrorist tag is removed to agreeing to extract written binding commitment from Atiku to return Nigeria to the regions (1963 Constitution). He failed on all these fronts.
“He is still an elder and father but his romance with Fulani One Nigeria and mortgaging Igbo interest on mere empty promise from Atiku is unacceptable. They have been endorsing every northerner all their lives for money, contracts and appointments for themselves and their families.
“Please don’t insult him or use rude words to address him because it’s not his fault. He was deceived by blood sucking Igbo demon politicians. We simply avoid him and not talk about him anymore. He is NOT somebody we can defer to anymore.
“Hugging Atiku like a child in need of his mother is an unforgivable insult to the great Igbo race in particular and we Biafrans in general”.
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