2023: Don’t Use Nnamdi Kanu To Campaign, IPOB Warns PDP, Others
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has issued a stern warning to presidential candidates regarding their detained leader, Nnamdi Kanu.
IPOB warned presidential candidates to desist from using its detained leader Nnamdi Kanu to campaign ahead of next month’s election.
IPOB gave the warning on Wednesday in a statement by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful.
He said the organization does not want its leader to be used as a political pawn in the upcoming election next month.
This warning comes after a promise was made by the People Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Atiku Abubakar, to grant the unconditional release of Nnamdi Kanu if elected.
However, IPOB stated that PDP should demand the federal government release their leader and not use it as a campaign tool.
Recently, the Director-General of the PDP Presidential Campaign Council, in Anambra State, Professor Obiora Okonkwo, stated that Atiku’s plan to restore peace in the South-East includes releasing the IPOB leader.
This statement was made just 48 hours after Nnamdi Kanu’s international spokesperson, Bruce Fein, called on Atiku, Bola Tinubu, and Peter Obi to promise to free the self-determination leader from the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS).
In response, IPOB emphasized that their leader should not be used as a political bargaining chip for Nigerian elections.
“IPOB leadership wish to state that its leader should on no account be used as a political bargaining chip for Nigerian election,” the statement said.
It said, “Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has been judicially declared an innocent man and that follows that he must be released from his continued illegal detention and torture by this present government of APC. We do not expect anything contrary but that the judgement of the Court of Appeal is implemented.
“Moreover the leadership of IPOB wants to inform the PDP that in as much as we have no issue with their statement, their focus should be to demand that the Nigerian government obey the judgement of their own court.
“Our demand has and will remain consistent irrespective of which person or party is occupying Aso Rock the Nigerian seat of power.
“Our Self Determination agitation is our inalienable right and that is the reason we have demanded a referendum which is a democratic process to enable Biafrans to determine their fate and decide where they wish to belong whether in Nigeria or in a free and Sovereign Biafran nation.”
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