IPOB Calls Off Sit-At – Home, Urges Anambra People To Vote En Masse On Nov 6
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has cancelled its one-week sit-at-home across the Southeast.
IPOB in a statement on Thursday issued by Comrade Emma Powerful, said the group decided to cancel the order ahead of the November 6 governorship election in Anambra to allow the citizens to come out and exercise their franchise.
Powerful said the group was persuaded by pleas from Igbo elders to call off the Sit-at-home.
IPOB had planned to declared one week sit-st-home beginning from Nov 5, a day before the Anambra governorship election, if it’s leader was not released from detention.
The development had led to concern about safety of Voters on election day.
The statement read:
“Following the genuine intervention of our elders, esteemed traditional institutions /rulers and religious leaders, and after due consideration of the positive impacts of their engagement, and sequel to the fact that Our elders have spoken in our terms, the leadership of IPOB ably led by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu hereby and immediately calls off the one week sit-at-home earlier declared to commence tomorrow, November 5, to November 10, 2021,” Powerful said.
IPOB further states that
“We have equally considered several appeals by our mothers who earn their living based on their daily economic activities which will obviously be affected if Biafra land is locked down for one whole week. It’s never our intention to add to the pains of our people, hence our decision to suspend the sit-at-home.
“IPOB leadership is only interested in our referendum and peaceful agitation for self-determination, and cannot be under any guise be seen to be interfering with any electoral process.
“The people of Anambra State should go out en masse and peacefully exercise their franchise come November 6, 2021, and accordingly choose a leader of their choice and should not be intimidated by anybody, group of persons or security agents.”
The group urged Anambra people to
“vote and stand by to protect their votes. No rigging of any kind will be tolerated in the Anambra State governorship election. It must be transparent, free and fair to all.
“We wish to thank Biafrans, IPOB members worldwide, friends of Biafra and lovers of freedom for their continued support for our dogged struggle for independence.”