The leadership of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, says the group did not call for a boycott of the scheduled November 6, 2021 Anambra State Governorship elections rather it insists that there is no going back on the November 5, 2021 Sit-at-Home Order it had declared, unless their leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is released unconditionally before November 4, 2021.
In a statement signed by the spokesman of the group, Mr Emma Powerful, the IPOB accused politicians of trying to use the sit-at-home order to drag the group into their selfish desires.
According to Mr Powerful, the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has never made any official statement or called for the boycott of the November 6, 2021 governorship election in Anambra State.
He clarified that what IPOB said is that the entire Biafra land would be locked down from the 5th of November to November 10th, 2021, if the federal government fails to release its leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu unconditionally before November 4, 2021.
He further stated that it is wrong for people to speculate or peddle falsehood against the IPOB when there is no basis for such.
Still, on the Anambra State governorship election, Dr. Ahmed Audi, Commandant-General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, said yesterday that the Corps is deploying 20,000 personnel from various units, while their personnel from four states namely Ondo, Ekiti, Benue, and Kogi states have been placed on standby in case there is a need for reinforcement during the Anambra State governorship elections.
Dr. Audi, who disclosed this in Abuja, while delivering a keynote address at a three-day capacity building and electoral workshop ahead of the Anambra State election, said that the NSCDC in collaboration with other security agencies had developed strategies to checkmate electoral violence and other nefarious activities capable of undermining the electoral process.