Posted by Pamela Eboh, Awka | 17 February 2019 | 1,116 times
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) on Saturday claimed that its decision to lift its earlier announced election boycott was a masterstroke that took the cabal by surprise hence, the postponement of Saturday’s Presidential and National Assembly elections.
A statement by IPOB’s Media and Publicity Secretary, Comrade Emma Powerful, insisted that the move by IPOB’s apex leadership to call off the boycott made it virtually impossible for the Presidency and its handlers to proceed to rig the elections on the account that IPOB boycotted the polls.
The statement reads in part: “It is now clear for the world to see that some nefarious elements within the corridors of power in Aso Rock wanted so desperately for IPOB to boycott these elections in order to justify their already perfected script that our boycott made it possible for them to emerge victoriously.
“By calling off the boycott, Buhari and his cabal lost the initiative and were headed straight for defeat.
“Our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the prophet of our time, is light years ahead of the intrigues and machinations that characterise politics in Nigeria.
“Had the leadership of our great movement IPOB not called off the boycott, the sham elections would have proceeded as rigged, with a Sudanese impostor Jubril announced as the winner on account that IPOB boycotted the exercise.”
IPOB said that anybody who still doubts the potency of the group would undoubtedly have a rethink after this, adding that a simple statement from its leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, to call off election boycott has exposed voting on Nigeria as a huge joke.
Continuing, the statement added: “Quite obviously, the IPOB boycott calls off took the Nigerian corrupt establishment unawares. Let the riggers go back and plan how to rig well. What a country, what a contraption.
“In effect, our leader calling off the boycott was a huge shock they were unable to manage.
“Lt. Gen. Tukur Burarai’s threat and orchestrated army violence against peaceful IPOB in the run-up to February 16 were all designed to maximise the impact of the intended boycott because that was the outcome they desired.
“This plan fell apart as soon as soon as IPOB called off the boycott. Therefore, they had no choice than to postpone the elections.”
While saying that Nigeria did not go to the polls because of what it described as the IPOB effect, it noted that late announcement of the lifting of the boycott was what led to this last minute postponement by INEC.
According to the group, INEC had had ample time throughout the week to postpone the elections but failed to do so, saying: “The fear of IPOB is the beginning of wisdom, only fools pretend otherwise.”
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