Two pro-Biafran groups, the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra and Biafra Independent Movement have warned the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu to retract his declaration that elections will not hold in Anambra State.
The groups in separate statements, said that Kanu’s declaration was capable of plunging the state into bloodbath and fresh crisis during the polls.
The groups further added that the call will force the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency in the state.
The Delta State chapter of MASSOB and BIM, therefore, called on Kanu to urgently withdraw his order directing voters to boycott the November 18 governorship election in Anambra State.
Speaking at a news briefing yesterday in Warri, the Delta South Zonal Chairman of MASSOB/BIM, Mr. Patrick Agwulobi said, “Our idea is that we don’t want anything that will bring problem or crisis. IPOB should withdraw the statement that ‘there will be no election.’ We are also saying that let us embrace the forthcoming election in peace. Kanu should retract the threat to avoid conflict or anything that will throw Anambra State into crisis.
“MASSOB/BIM is therefore encouraging all her members in Anambra State as whole to come out en mass and be fully involve to vote the leader of their choice to enhance democracy and development in the state.”
Agwulobi, while disassociating MASSOB from the boycott order, said, “He (Nnamdi Kanu) should know that boycotting the election would bring crisis or conflict, and we in MASSOB, do not support such threat. If he refuses to withdraw the statement, he will face the consequences alone with his supporters.”
Similarly, the Elders Council of BIM led by its spokesperson, Chief Emmanuel Akabekwe, at a press briefing in Owerri, the Imo State capital on Thursday, said that the calls by IPOB for the boycott of the Anambra State election was not in tandem with the call for a Sovereign State of Biafra.
He said, “BIM condemns in strong terms the no election order in Anambra State by Mr. Nnamdi Kanu and his IPOB group. The order does not in any way conform to any agenda needed to realise Biafra but only has the capacity of creating violence, unnecessary tension, anarchy and enthroning emergency rule in Anambra State.
“Who is Nnamdi Kanu to speak for the Igbo people? He has no capacity to give order that will stand in Igbo land. He is only trying to grab cheap relevance and popularity with the Biafra agitation.
“…We therefore call on every eligible voter in Anambra State to come out en mass without any fear of molestation and exercise their franchise by voting in candidates of their choice. That is their civic responsibility.”