The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB on Tuesday insisted that there is no going back on its stance on 2019 election boycott.
This came on the heels of an ongoing speculations and rumors in certain quarters, including discussions on some electronic media platforms and newspaper publications.
IPOB claimed the rumour is mischievously crafted to misinterpret its leader’s address on Saturday, January 12, 2019
A statement by the group’s media and publicity secretary, Comrade Emma Powerful stated that Nigerians, after listening to the broadcast, insinuated that its leader had made a U-turn by asking IPOB members and Biafrans to participate in Abia and Ebonyi states.
The group insisted that despite its call for election boycott, it will still work to ensure that Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State and his counterpart, Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State, never return to office for a second term.
The statement reads in part,
‘Therefore, we the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) wish to state categorically to all and sundry that our resolve to stop Okezie Ikpeazu and David Umahi does not affect IPOB position towards boycotting the upcoming presidential election in February this year.
“It is crystal clear that various interpretations emanating from certain quarters and individuals about our leader’s interactive session via Radio Biafra are blatant false designed to pander to base instincts of those who wish to distract IPOB from achieving our aim next month.
“IPOB is a highly sophisticated movement that have demonstrably proven over many years our capacity to handle multiple and even complex directives from the leadership.
“There is no ambiguity in the instructions our leader gave on Saturday. If anything, it was crystal clear from the broadcast that those responsible for the kidnapping and abduction of our people by the army and DSS in recent days must be held accountable for it.
“David Umahi and Okezie Ikpeazu must be made to feel the rage of the people and this will best be served by ensuring their defeat at the polls.’