On Thursday, the Indigenous People of Biafra denied calling for a boycott of the Anambra governorship poll slated for November 6.
This comes after the group called a sit-at home protest of its leader, Nnamdi Kanu’s, arrest and detention, and demand his immediate release.
In a statement signed by Emma Powerful, IPOB’s Director of Media and Publicity, the group stated that it did not call for an election boycott, therefore distancing itself from the process.
“We wish to stress that, contrary to popular belief, IPOB did not issue an order or call for a boycott of the said election at any time,” the statement said. The Anambra election has nothing to do with IPOB. As a result, no one should associate us with the election. What matters to us is our leader’s freedom, and we don’t need distractions.”
“The unconditional release of our leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, who has been illegally detained since his rendition to Nigeria, is IPOB’s top priority.” We stated clearly that if those who abducted, renditioned, and illegally held him do not free him unconditionally by November 4, Biafrans will engage in civil disobedience.
“This action has nothing to do with the election in Anambra.” We are unconcerned as to whether or not anyone wants to vote in the Anambra election. However, our only recommendation to Ndi Anambra people, especially those going to vote, is to be extra careful about their security.
The blacklisted group stated that it had not directed anyone to enforce sit-at-home orders, and that a series of messages purportedly emanating from it, warning hoteliers in Anambra State to close their doors, is false.