Contrary to a strong avowal made by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) has declared that the governorship election slated for November 18 in Anambra State must hold.
The leader of the IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, had in June vehemently stated that if the Nigerian Government does not agree to conduct referendum for Biafra, there will not be any form of election in the Southeast during the 2019 general elections.
To buttress the declaration, the IPOB leader further said that the November 18 governorship election in Anambra state will not hold if the federal government fails to conduct a referendum on Biafra.
However, MASSOB laughed off the statement credited to the Kanu, adding that the people of Anambra should be prepared to exercise their voting rights on that day.
Speaking with The Punch on Saturday, the National Director of Information of MASSOB, Sunday Okereafor, said it was wrong for anybody to say election would not hold in the state.
He then stated that MASSOB would storm Awka, the Anambra State capital, on September 13, 2017 to celebrate the 18th anniversary of the movement, adding that the group was planning to establish a Biafra radio station in Germany.
He said, “Eighteen years of MASSOB existence would be celebrated on September 13, 2017. We will celebrate it in a big way and MASSOB is saying election must hold in Anambra. It must surely hold.
“We have come a long way and we are the founders of the struggle. All the pro-Biafra groups came out of MASSOB. We are telling Anambra people to go ahead in November and be part of the election.”
He noted that the radio station would not be used for hate speech and blackmail of other ethnic groups, adding that “real information” would be disseminated to the people.
Assuring that MASSOB would only welcome genuine fighters, Okereafor explained that insisting that there would be no election in Anambra could put the lives of the people in danger.
“IPOB is wrong to have said election will not hold. How can they say election will not hold? They want to create problems in Nigeria. They want our people to be killed again?
“We are saying no violence and they are inciting violence. The people of Anambra should go ahead and elect their leaders on the day of the election,” he added.