Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) is currently bracing to tackle presidential aspirants from Eastern Nigeria with links to the Northern establishment. The group is of the view that such Igbo political stalwarts if allowed to become Nigeria’s president will be stooges.
According to the pro-Biafra group, most Igbos vying to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023, ‘’are stooges that will be used against the interest of Ndigbo, Biafrans and Biafra-agitating groups’’.
IPOB is also alleging that the people at the forefront of the agitation are people who openly worked against late Dr Alex Ekwueme, at the Jos National Convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the candidature of the president of Nigeria in 1999, adding that it was the brightest chance Ndigbo had for the position.
IPOB Spokesman, Emma Powerful, is alleging that what they did to the late Ekwueme is what they did to Peter Obi, in 2019, when he contested with Atiku Abubakar as his presidential running mate. ‘’They conspired and did not campaign for Obi despite being in the same political party, PDP, with them’’, IPOB adds.
Continuing, the group says the same people shouting president of Igbo extraction today will turn round to sabotage their own people tomorrow in favour of a non-Igbo because of selfish interest.
“We cannot support any person that will kill us. That will mean the end of Biafra emancipation as we know. It is still fresh in our minds what transpired at Jos PDP convention when the late Dr Alex Ekwueme contested for the candidature of the President of Nigeria under PDP in 1999.
“Then, the likes of Jim Nwobodo, Orji Uzo Kalu and virtually every other Igbo delegate at that convention voted against him. These Igbo men sabotaged Igbo presidency then, what has changed since 1999 that will make them come out now to shamefully clamor for the same Igbo presidency, they publicly rejected in 1999?
“When Peter Obi, in 2019 was contesting with Atiku as his running mate, Governor Dave Umahi and his co travelers in conspiracy business did not support or campaign for him, despite being in the same PDP then.
“We are surprised that these people shouting president of Igbo extraction today but sabotaged their own people yesterday think we have forgotten; they also think others will support them when it is their turn.
‘’Besides, if these myopic and self-centered fellows think producing the President of Nigeria will solve the problem of Ndigbo, when Goodluck Jonathan, an Ijaw man from South-South was Nigeria’s President for six years, what did he do for the East in general and Ijaw people in particular?
“The same Northern oligarchy that did not allow him to operate freely will still not allow any stooge they may eventually appoint from Igboland to succeed. So, it makes no sense clamouring for what won’t proffer any solution to our problems.
“The few major roads built in South-East and South-South was done not by Igbo man, yet none of these traitors masquerading as Igbo leaders today has been able to compel their slave masters to rehabilitate them. Most of these self-acclaimed Igbo and old Eastern region leaders are caliphate bred traitors and we cannot trust them”, IPOB said.