Former governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu has berated the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Director of London based radio Biafra, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu for asking Igbos to boycott elections in the South-East until referendum is conducted.
ALEDEH recalls that Mr. Kanu had warned that Biafrans and eligible voters in Anambra State would boycott the state gubernatorial election scheduled for November 18 if the Federal Government fails to hold referendum for the ‘Republic of Biafra’ before the election.
The IPOB leader made this statement at his father’s palace in Afara Ukwu Ibeku, Umuahia, Abia State, Southeast Nigeria on Wednesday, June 21.
Speaking further, Mr. Kanu stressed that people of Southeast and others under the Old Eastern Region would not participate in the 2019 general election if the government ignores the demand for referendum.
Addressing IPOB members Kanu said: “Nigerian government should build as many prisons as possible to jail all Biafrans because there is no going back and we are ready to go there (prisons) unless the federal government gives us Biafra.
“We are starting with Anambra come November this year. There will be no governorship election in Anambra State. In 2019, the whole of Biafra land will not vote for any President. There will be no Senator, there will be no House of Reps, there will be no House of Assembly and there will be no councillorship elections in Biafra land if they (federal government) fail to call for a referendum”, Kanu said.
Reacting to the call, Kalu stressed that it was unconstitutional for Kanu to demand that elections be boycotted in the South East.
The Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, noted that Kanu reserved the right to agitate for Biafra, but insisted that the IPOB leader had no right to stop people of the region from choosing their leaders.
Kalu said: “It will not be fair for IPOB to say that, it is unconstitutional. They have the right to agitate for Biafra, but have no right of disrupting people’s process of registration or electing their leaders.
“IPOB people have every right to agitate, after all, we have free speech in the country, everybody has right to agitate for what he feels is right for him, but that should follow due process.
“You know, I went to prison to see Nnamdi Kanu when he was there and I spoke with him. I also almost at the same time visited his parents at their Afara Ukwu, Umuahia country home and I also spoke with them.
“That does not mean I’m in support of what he is doing as some people many tend to believe. At the same time, I’m not against his agitation, he has that right, but like I said earlier, it must follow due process.
“I wish they will understand where the world is going; none of the world powers supports the division of Nigeria.
“What I think we should do as a people is to come forcefully and demand for our rights, right of being president of this country, right of having equality, right of social justice and right of being treated with the same law; these are what we should be asking for,” the APC chieftain added.