The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has said it has not declared that there would be no election in Anambra state.
The media and publicity secretary of the secessionist group, Emma Powerful, made this known in a statement he made available to our correspondent in Awka, Anambra state, saying their preoccupation, for now, was the restoration of a Biafra republic.
There had been apprehension that the Anambra poll might be adversely affected by the separatists’ activities in the South-East.
The INEC resident electoral commissioner in Anambra state, Dr Nkwachukwu Orji, had, penultimate week, expressed worry over the frequent sit-at-home protests in the area, an action known to have been initiated by the group. He said the protests were affecting the commission’s planning for the November 6 election in the state.
IPOB, however, described such fear as mere speculation and unfounded, saying that “It is important to note that, contrary to speculations, IPOB has not officially declared ‘no election in Anambra state’. Our preoccupation is Biafra restoration. Anybody equating IPOB strategy with Boko Haram terrorists, bandits and Fulani herdsmen is ignorant and mischievous.
It added, “Contrary to the vomit by of some inconsequential fellows, IPOB has no plans to attack South Easterners and South Southerners.
“In the first place, violence is not part of our philosophy. Assuming we want to resort to violence, how can we attack our people whom we are fighting for?
“It does not make any sense. But we know their motive for peddling this falsehood as our intelligence reports confirm the importation and stock-piling of arms from Pakistan for their planned invasion of Biafra land. But we are waiting for them.