The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) on Sunday insisted that the November 18 governorship election in Anambra State would not hold.
In a statement by IPOB’s Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful in Awka, the Anambra State capital, IPOB said it was still holding on to its promise not to allow elections in the state.
The statement said the Anambra election would be used to demonstrate the seriousness of IPOB.
It said, “Biafrans cannot be reasonably expected to agree to any electoral process that will only perpetuate their current slave status and misery in this colonial contraption named Nigeria.
“While we may accept being routinely killed and dispossessed outside our land, such intimidation cannot be allowed to go unchecked in Biafraland.
“We are therefore calling on all those who claim to be Igbo leaders especially those on the payroll of Nigerian government to please retrace their steps before it is too late.”
However, the Anambra State Commissioner of Police, Garba Umar had warned that it would deal ruthlessly with any group that would threaten the Anambra poll.
He said, ” The election had been scheduled by an authorised government agency; nobody, including IPOB, has the capacity to stop it.
Umar added” Anambra Citizens have the right to have periodic elections to elect their leaders; nobody or group of persons can deny them such right.
“We are here to provide them the protection to exercise their franchise. Nobody can’t stop them from exercising their constitutional rights. We shall have no option than to suppress such threat. We have the capacity to do so”, Umar stated.