With just few hours to the 2019 election, the leader of Proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu, has called off the planned boycott of elections by IPOB members in the South-East.
Kanu had earlier urged IPOB supporters and sympathizers to shun the 2019 general elections unless the Federal Government announced a date for Biafra referendum.
In a statement, by the group’s Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, on Friday in Awka, IPOB said it reached the decision to allow polls in the area after meeting with “stakeholders.”
They said all terms and conditions had been met by those who wanted boycott annulled. The group however did not specifically mention if the Federal Government had agreed to a date for Biafra referendum which was the basis for the boycott.
The statement reads in part: “It’s important we notify the world at large and the indefatigable global IPOB family in particular that our supreme leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has called-off the election boycott in Biafraland.
“After a brief emergency session of the Directorate of State late last night presided over by our leader, it was determined that
“The signed document agreeing to IPOB terms and conditions are in our possession and will be made public in due course.
“We can, therefore, state with utmost sense of responsibility and pride that IPOB has accomplished what no other people or group has been able to do in the history of our people. Without prejudice, this will go down as the defining moment when the irreversibility of the restoration of Biafra was firmly entrenched in the subconscious of all and sundry. As a result of which we can state categorically that Biafra is a lot closer than we think as a result of this.”
The said boycott had received criticisms from different quarters with the South-East governors and the apex socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, opposing the move.
By Precious Akpadaka…