Tuesday, 19 September 2017

IPOB is not terrorist group--Anambra chapter of APC tells FG, Southeast governors

By Okechukwu Onuegbu
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The All Progressives Congress (APC), Anambra State chapter has distanced itself from the purported proscription of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) by Southeastern Governors Forum, describing the action as an illegal not preceded by any due process.

The State chapter of the party also said it was against the decision of the Nigeria Army which termed IPOB a terrorist group, noting that although it was aware that a faction of the group have gone astray; castigating and abusing those whose support they should ordinarily seek, there was urged need for follow the provisions of law in handling the issue.

Speaking through his Anambra State Publicity Secretary, Arch. Okelo Madukaife, said “We have seen young men and women for that matter, claiming to be IPOB members harassing others and compelling them to sing the same songs with them. We have seen those who claim to be IPOB members disrupt campaigns of political parties in Anambra State and threaten leaders of different political persuasions, and heard them claim without lawful authority that elections will not take place in Anambra State on November 18, 2017.

“We have earlier condemned this stance, and called for action on the part off security agencies. Yet, we are equally mindful that all these observations above have come from a breakaway faction of IPOB, whose bad news has spread faster, while the real IPOB; civil and persuasive in their approach has condemned the idea of interfering with elections and perpetrating violence.

“So the authorities concerned ought to have been more circumspect in this regard. Therefore nothing contained in this statement endorses the weird ways of the violent faction of IPOB. However, inspired by the wordings in our code of ethics of APC pertaining the rule of law, we hold that the illegalities of that action of IPOB should be addressed legally.”

The party image maker blamed the governors who made the pronouncement in unison, saying that they should have cautioned and make peace with the people involved, instead of joining the military in “trading away the constitutional rights of an organization in the South East”.

The APC publicity Secretary further asked electorate to avoid electing the said Southeast governors for any position to serve as deterrent to future leaders in the zone to remain at alert, courageous, thorough and farsighted.

“We urge those who are intent on exercising their right to self determination to do so within the confines of the law and to lawfully seek the support of others who must be instrumental to any successful agitation.  We advise Ndigbo to return to the political path set by Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe, Dr Michael Okpara and Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu and take a rightful place in the mainstream of Nigerian politics”, he added.



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