The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has denied a claim that it’s members are planning to disrupt the election in Igboland in 2023.
In a statement by tots spokesperson, Emma Powerful, the group said there is no truth in any information circulating on alleged plans to disrupt the election in 2023 in the South East.
Naija News report that a recent video of a breakaway member of IPOB, Simon Ekpa, surfaced on the internet, where he claimed the group would not let any election be held in Biafraland.
The group’s leadership however debunked the claims saying “for the umpteenth time stated unequivocally that part of our modus operandi in our agitation for freedom has never been, is not and will not be violent agitation.
“This explains our consistent demand for the UN to organise a Referendum in the Biafran territory for the Biafran people to determine their destiny. To this effect, IPOB is neither contemplating nor will it encourage or sponsor anyone or any group to disrupt the election, Nigeria’s shambolic selection process called an election.”
IPOB said it has constantly made it public that the group have no interest in and cannot legitimise the aberration they call an election in Nigeria, adding that “we are a focused, determined and disciplined freedom fighting movement, not political thugs and IPOB is devoted to the cause of liberating our people from subjugation and from modern-day slavery and Neo-colonialism and will not allow ourselves to be distracted from this very objective.”
The group continued that it is not interested and will never be involved in any Nigeria fraudulent pre-election or post-election issues and that its job is to open the eyes of the blinds by the gospel of truth which our leader has delivered already.
“Whoever that is sponsoring any group or gang tagging them IPOB is on his/her own. For those who are hard of hearing, IPOB is one indivisible family under one central command and leadership,” the statement read in part.
The group rather accused the federal government of masterminding insecurity in the South East, with the hope of causing fear and accusing IPOB of their deeds.
“If in the future IPOB leadership decides to make a further statement on the upcoming Nigeria selection process called an election, we shall make a statement through our official channels,” the group noted.