Nigeria: PDP leadership hunt IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu over election boycott order
London, Feb. 13, 2019 (AltAfrica)-The leadership of Nigeria’s main opposition party, the Peoples’ democratic Party, PDP in the South East Nigeria are hunting for the self acclaimed leader of the proscribe Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, over call
to boycott the next Saturday’s election in the South East and parts of South-South geopolitical zones.
A very competent source has told Alternativeafrica.com in London that the leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the apex Igbo socio-cultural group in Nigeria and some prominent Ndigbo PDP members and sympathisers have made emissaries to Nnamdi Kanu to get him to renounce his election boycott order so as not to jeopardise the chances of the party in the election
The source said there have been several contact between the leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo in Nigeria and London in a bid to persuade Nnamdi Kanu to soften his stand and direct his massive followers to come out en mass and vote for the party that has picked an Igbo prominent man as running mate
But all efforts to get the IPOB leader has so far proved abortive according to the source. Kanu is believed to have deliberately remained incommunicado and is determined to ensure that no IPOB member participate in the February 16th presidential election
The PDP leadership, according to the source is particular worried that if action goes ahead, it might have severe consequences on the outcome election as the South East remain the strongest hold of the party in the election
Prior to the search party, Alternativeafrica.com understands that PDP leadership in the South East had met with some prominent member of IPOB in Nigeria where they were categorically told that only Kanu could reverse the call
Meanwhile a Pan-Igbo organisation, Imeobi Igbo Forum, has urged Ndigbo to ignore the call by the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, to boycott the next Saturday’s election in the South East and parts of South-South geopolitical zones.
The National Chairman of the forum, Chief Mike Ikeguru-Onugha, called on Ndigbo to disregard the boycott message from IPOB leader but come out en masse and vote for candidates of their choice and vote for PDP presidential candidate Atiku Abubukar and vice presidential aspirant, Mr. Peter Obi.
He expressed dissatisfaction that at this jet age, “Kanu and his likes will open their mouths and tell people not to participate in an election,” adding that, “it is through your vote that you can to express your feeling.”
“It is not to the best interest of our people to boycott the elections. He is personal in running the IPOB and doesn’t want to engage with anybody in any argument,” he stated.
He added that the agitation for a sovereign state of Biafra is not a personal thing but a collective struggle by the entire Igbo nation.
“We are interested in what will favour the Igbo and having gone through the manifestos of both the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, the incumbent President Mohammadu Buhari and Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, of the People’s Democratic Party, (PDP) presidential candidate, with Peter Obi, our son, as his vice, we resolved that we will support the Atiku/Obi ticket.
“Our reason mostly is that there is hunger, frustration, unemployment and economic downturn including the incessant killing of innocent Nigerians on a daily basis by both the Fulani herdsmen and Boko Haram terrorists without hope of stopping these problems by the present administration.
“We are asking for change; we want something new to happen; we want the incumbent president to step aside for a new lease of life.
“We are excited about the vice presidential slot given to our son, after 35 years that we were in the cooler, relegated to the background, not considered for anything.
“Let somebody from Igbo get near the presidency; that is why we are happy with Obi and he is a goal-getter, result-oriented and I know that with him and Atiku, the sky will be their limit.
“Atiku has popularised restructuring in Nigeria and I don’t see him backing out if he becomes president. The National Conference outcome may eventually see the light of the day with Atiku.
“Buhari’s problem is the people with him who are managing the affairs of the country. They are not exposed economically and businesswise and as such these problems come to them as in tennis court where the ball will hit somebody at the back and the person will always struggle to adapt. It is only commerce and industrialisation that can create jobs for the teeming unemployed youths,” he stated