Attacks on INEC offices plot to disenfranchise Obi voters, IPOB alleges

From Stanley Uzoaru, Owerri

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has linked the frequent attacks at the offices of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) nationwide to a plot by the opposition of the candidate of the Labour Party (LP) Peter Obi to have his supporters disenfranchised in the forthcoming 2023 presidential election.

IPOB which has equally denied being behind the attacks at the commission’s offices in a statement by its spokesperson, Emma Powerful also noted that it is an orchestrated design to blame its group if Obi happens to lose the election.

Powerful said: “This media blackmail against IPOB with INEC facilities burnings are for two reasons: First, to deceive the International Community to regard IPOB as a group obstructing democratic processes in Nigeria’s election.

“Secondly, it is a plan to rig the 2023 elections by disenfranchising a lot of Biafran voters against Peter Obi’s political base, thereby making Biafran voters blame IPOB for Obi’s failure when they rig him out.

“This is a divide and conquer strategy. Our people must understand this game and be guided and act wisely.” Powerful stated.

On the allegation by the police that the group has been responsible for the attack at INEC offices, Powerful said “IPOB has no business or reason to burn any INEC office.

“We tell Nigeria and its agencies to stop slinging mud because it is not sticking. We are IPOB, our hands are clean, and we are justified in our quest for a free Biafra Nation.

Meanwhile, following Monday’s attack on the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Imo youths under the auspices of the Global Association of Concerned Imo Youths (GACIY) have urged the commission not to succumb to pressure from hoodlums to derail the forthcoming general elections.

In a separate statement in Owerri on Thursday signed by the President of the group, Collins Ughala and reads in part thus: “We stand with INEC at this hour and urge it to remain resolute and resist every attempt to subvert the elections.”

The group noted that it is impossible not to link the opposition to the insecurity in the State because they would be the beneficiaries should the government crumble.

“To Imo youths, and many other stakeholders, it is impossible to exculpate opposition elements from this crime wave, after all, they stand to benefit the most if this administration crumbles not to mention their seditious statements exposed in leaked audio tapes”.

The youths also while commending the efforts of the security agencies in the state in their swift confrontation of the hoodlums added that: “This feat destroys the myth of invincibility around gunmen who put their trust in voodoo, amulets and cannibalism.

“We believe that had this attack succeeded, citizens’, not to mention voters’, confidence would have been badly tempered. Thanks to our heroic officers, it did not.

“While we expect bandits and their collaborators to continue to pay a heavy price for their recalcitrance, we ask our youths to resist negative peer pressure and gang culture no matter the temptation,” Ughala said.

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