From Stanley, Uzoaru, Owerri
Presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, may have incurred the ire of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) following his utterances when he visited Enugu State last week. Atiku had said in Enugu that he alone can guarantee Igbo presidency after his tenure.
But IPOB has threatened to ban him from campaigning in the Southeast if he does not check his utterances, especially linking its group to his campaign and its struggle for Biafra nation.
In a statement issued yesterday by the IPOB spokesperson, Emma Powerful, the group was particularly irked with Atiku’s comment of stopping Biafra struggle if he wins the presidential election in 2023.
Powerful said: “Biafra Independence movement struggle being championed by IPOB is beyond their local politics. IPOB being the largest liberation movement in the world has a crop of intellectuals in her leadership doing great works and are unstoppable by the criminal Nigerian politicians.
“Atiku Abubakar and his political gang must know that we allowed them to come to Enugu State does not mean we don’t know what to do to stop them from entering Enugu State ever again.
“As much as we are a civilized movement, we don’t want to be used for corrupt election campaigns or we will force them to stop their campaigns in our territories.
“If he continues after this warnings, we would ensure he doesn’t campaign in the Southeast during this campaign season, let alone talking rubbish to his rented audience. IPOB knew why we did not stop him yesterday and if he doubts our capability of stopping him, let him talk against IPOB again.”
The group also warned Atiku against using some Igbo politicians in his campaign train, saying that they would only bring him failure.