The Oasis Reporters
August 19, 2017
Relief may have come the way of the gubernatorial election stakeholders in Anambra State like Governor Willie Obiano, Osita Chidoka, Chudi Offodile and a host of others locked in an electoral contest to occupy Government House, Awka in November.
The Indigenous People Of Biafra, IPOB, led by Nnamdi Kanu had ordered a boycott of the election unless a self determination referendum was held in the south eastern region of the country that could enable the Igbo speaking people to form their own country to be called the Republic of Biafra.
And IPOB is considered very influential amongst the ordinary folks in the region. All entreaties to the group met a stonewall.
It has been reported that the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has withdrawn its threat to stop the conduct of the November 18 governorship election in Anambra State.
After deliberations in a meeting organised by a non-governmental organisation, the Ala-Igbo International Foundation with the leader of IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu in Owerri, the Imo State capital, IPOB has assured the Igbo leaders that it won’t disrupt the November 18 governorship election
People who are eligible to vote have also been told to go out and exercise their franchise without fear of molestation.
The Ala-Igbo Development Foundation is an Igbo group that brings together Igbo academics, elders, clerics, patriotic public figures, women and youth, both at home and abroad, with the main objective of protecting and ensuring the survival of Ndigbo, their culture and civilisation as well as the development of Igboland.
It is being said that the IPOB leader may have acted like the Zulu Chief, Mangosutho Buthelezi of South Africa who insisted on a boycott of the first post apartheid election in the country over twenty five years ago, but had secretly prepared, therefore when he changed his mind a few days to the election, posters and banners were ready.