SECESSIONIST group the Indigenous People of Biafra (Ipob) has distanced itself from the All Progressive Congress (APC) candidate in Anambra State Senator Andy Uba saying that at no stage did it members meet to endorse him.
On November 6, Anambrans go to the polls to elect a new governor and with campaigns currently in full swing, Senator Uba has tried to cash in on Ipob’s popularity by claiming some of its members met with him, effectively endorsing his candidacy. In a swift rebuttal, however, Ipob spokesman Emma Powerful, stated emphatically that none of its members met with Senator Ubah and the group has no interest in the forthcoming elections.
Ipob challenged the APC senator to name the Ipob members he met with and warned Senator Uba to stop using its name to score cheap popularity. According to Mr Powerful, Ipob has no time for political desperados whose only interest is their pocket and he cautioned politicians to stop associating it with their politics, saying it has no interest in Nigeria and will not be distracted from restoring Biafra for whatever reason.
Mr Powerful said: “Andy Uba and his likes should leave Ipob out of their politics. Andy Uba could not have possibly accessed the leadership of Ipob. How could we have granted audience to Andy Uba who has never issued a common press statement against killings by Fulani herdsmen.
“What has Andy Uba done since our leader was abducted to seek his release? Is it now that Andy Uba is involved in the Anambra election that he knows he can engage Ipob?
“We won’t tolerate the use of Ipob’s name for any scam. We also warn media platforms to ensure they verify any news that has to do with Ipob before publishing, so the media, especially social media should stop using Ipob to market their platforms.”