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IPOB says six days lockdown not for Anambra guber poll

By Lawrence Njoku (Enugu) and Uzoma Nzeagwu (Awka)
29 October 2021   |   4:05 am
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has stated that its order for total lockdown in South-east from November 5 to 10, 2021 has nothing to do with the Anambra election, but with the Federal Government’s failure to release Mazi Nnamdi Kanu from detention.

IPOB

• Insists it is over failure to release Kanu
• PFN urges group to shelve threat

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has stated that its order for total lockdown in South-east from November 5 to 10, 2021 has nothing to do with the Anambra election, but with the Federal Government’s failure to release Mazi Nnamdi Kanu from detention.

In a statement yesterday, the IPOB Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, said the group had neither made any official statement nor called for the boycott of November 6, 2021 Anambra State governorship election

He said it was wrong for people to speculate falsehood, which he said, was unnecessary.

The group, therefore, warned politicians to stop dragging its name into their election, insisting that its interest remained the unconditional release of its leader, Kanu.

It also cautioned media houses against publishing lies against the IPOB, saying that most of them are not informed about plots by government and her security operatives to hijack the election.

MEANWHILE, the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), yesterday, urged the IPOB to reconsider its stance towards the Anambra State governorship election scheduled for November 6, 2021.

The appeal followed a declaration of a one-week sit-at-home order over non-release of Kanu.

Enugu State Chairman of PFN, Bishop Goddy Madu, who spoke at a special prayer rally in Enugu, said that any attempt to stop the election would throw up anarchy and would not be in the interest of the people.

He also took a swipe at the President Muhammdu Buhari-led Administration, accusing it of failing woefully in its promise to secure Nigerians.

The PFN leader lamented that when Buhari was campaigning to be President, he promised to end the insurgency in six months, regretting that “today, not just that the Boko Haram insurgency did not end, but has given birth to several other terrorists’ groups.”

Madu, however, said a boycott of Anambra election “is a call to anarchy because in a democratic setting, when you block elections, you give room for crises.

“You are agitating for something, but you are using the wrong key to open the right door.

“The move of no election in Anambra come November 6 is using the wrong key to open the right door and it is not going to work out because if the election did not hold, the governor by the constitution will not stay in office beyond one day and what will be the next thing – state of emergency will be declared.

“The dream of the Attorney-General, Abubakar Malami, will come to pass, which is a call for a state of emergency and then under such situation, it will no more be democratic setting. We are talking of slavery but that is the time you will see the real slavery,” he said.