Posted by Pamela Eboh, Awka | 1 December 2018 | 1,046 times
The Movement for the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) has dissociated itself from a statement credited to it that Igbo people should not vote for All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) candidates in next year’s general elections.
The group described the statement as false noting that MASSOB is an apolitical group.
MASSOB warned those trying to use their name to score cheap political scores to desist forthwith.
In a statement made available to journalists on Friday in Awka, by the group’s leader, Uchenna Madu, he said that MASSOB is a household name that has been reformed under his leadership but not for political association.
The group said that contrary to a statement accredited to the widow of the late Biafran warlord, Mrs. Bianca Ojukwu, on their stand for APGA’s senatorial l primary in Anambra South, the group does not have any quarrels or disaffections with APGA leadership concerning the said election.
MASSOB maintained that as a foremost pro-Biafra, non-violence movement, it is not involved or interested in Nigeria politics or party affairs.
Bianca Ojukwu had contested the senatorial primary election of APGA against Prince Nicholas Ukachukwu and lost.
The statement reads in part: “Though MASSOB is a huge factor to reckon with in the affairs of eastern region and wherever Ndigbo resides, we don’t involve ourselves in Nigeria political game unless our stake and aspirations are highly favoured.
“We understand that some disgruntled and self-centred persons who earlier pressurised Iyom Bianca Ojukwu’s political ambition are springing up again to create dissatisfaction again in Igboland using MASSOB name as a cover-up.
“They wanted to deceive and use her perceived political position to enrich and draw an unmerited attention to themselves but she does not know that they really want to bury her relevance in Igbo land.
“MASSOB understand that Iyom Bianca Ojukwu attended a function of Ralph Uwazuruike led Biafra Independence Movement (BIM) where Bianca Ojukwu attacked APGA and its leadership using MASSOB as a back-up.
“We wish to clarify that MASSOB celebrated the Ojukwu memorial anniversary in churches across Biafra land last Sunday, not in Uwazuruike’s house in Owerri.”
While saying that MASSOB is not against APGA or any other political party in Nigeria, the group asked Bianca Ojukwu to desist from associating MASSOB “in her unnecessary quarrel with APGA.”
MASSOB insisted that the leadership of APGA should not be blamed or castigated because of the failure of Ojukwu, saying that she failed because she disobeyed her husband and the ancestors who have seen the ridicule she will encounter in the red chambers of the National Assembly if voted in.
The statement added: “Her failure is a divine act. MASSOB under my selfless leadership will never relent or derail in defence of the integrity, honour and respect of late Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu.”
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