Barely few days after Osita Chidoka, former aviation minister and current United Progressive Party (UPP) candidate for the Anambra 2017 election, openly declared support for right to secession while calling for the pro-Biafra agitators to be accommodated, the Movement of Biafrans in Nigeria (MOBIN), which had only recently withdrawn its support for his candidacy citing betrayal, has now restored it.
MOBIN which claims to be the political arm of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has now said that it would fully support the UPP governorship candidate.
This development may not come as a surprise to close watchers who interpreted Chidoka’s unequivocal expression of support for the right to self-determination and detailed defence of the pro-Biafra agitation and its core issues, as strategic positioning.
They had viewed it as a calculated attempt to recover lost support from the pro-Biafra base, while reassuring anxious supporters from the base of his reliability as an advocate.
The group, in a statement signed by its Director of Media and Mobilization, ThankGod Offoelue, on Tuesday, said it had nothing against Chidoka and its candidacy, stating instead that it only had some issues with his party which would however not prevent support for him.
“MOBIN has nothing against the person of Chief Osita Chidoka and would readily support him in his quest for Anambra governorship, but the UPP is a corrupt party, and remaining in it while agitating for Biafra will be tantamount to jumping from frying pan to fire.
“MOBIN wishes to reassure Biafrans that the political process has been activated and there is no going back on the political option”, the group said.
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