IPOB reacts to election postponement
* Says its unexpected cancellation of poll boycott threw FG, APC off balance
By Steve Oko
The Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB, has said the late -minute postponement of the presidential and national assembly elections earlier scheduled for today, February 16, was as a result of its sudden cancellation of the sit-at-home order and poll boycott.
IPOB said the unexpected suspension of election boycott announced Thursday night by its Leader, Nnamdi kanu ,threw the Federal Government and the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC, off balance, hence, their resort to compel the electoral body to postpone the polls on flimsy excuses.
“IPOB late announcement of the lifting of the boycott was what led to this last minute postponement by INEC, because they had ample time throughout the week to postpone the elections but failed to do so. The fear of IPOB is the beginning of wisdom, only fools pretend otherwise, IPOB said.”
Recall that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, had late last night announced postponement of today’s elections citing logistics challenges.
But IPOB in a statement by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, claimed the sudden postponement was to enable APC re-strategise on how to rig the poll in favour of President Muhammadu Buhari.
According to the statement made available to Wawa News Global, the APC-led federal government had wanted to capitalize on the IPOB call for poll boycott to rig the elections in Biafra land in favour of its candidates, but the unexpected suspension of the boycott option distablised those behind the evil plot.
IPOB said the development would further prove to those who are still in doubt of its positions on the Nigeria affairs that its Leader is well ahead of the federal government.
Below is the full text of the statement :
“Postponement of Presidential Elections in Nigeria
“Events surrounding the postponement of the Nigerian presidential elections previously scheduled for today February 16, 2019 is confirmation that IPOB decision to lift the boycott was a masterstroke that took the cabal by surprise. The move by IPOB apex leadership to call off the boycott made it virtually impossible for Jubril and his handlers to proceed to rig the elections on the account that IPOB boycotted the polls. It is now clear for the world to see that some nefarious elements within the corridors of power in Aso Rock wanted so desperately for IPOB to boycott these elections in order to justify their already perfected script that our boycott made it possible for them to emerge victorious. By calling off the boycott, Jubril and his cabal lost the initiative and were headed straight for defeat.
“Our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the prophet of our time, is light years ahead of the intrigues and machinations that characterise politics in Nigeria. Had the leadership of our great movement IPOB not called off the boycott, the sham elections would have proceeded as rigged, with a Sudanese impostor Jubril announced as the winner on account that IPOB boycotted the exercise.
“Anybody who is still in doubt about the potency of IPOB will undoubtedly have a rethink after this. Quite obviously, the IPOB boycott call off took the Nigerian corrupt establishment unawares. A simple statement from our leader has exposed voting in Nigeria as a huge joke. Let the riggers go back and plan how to rig well. What a country, what a contraption.
“In effect, our leader calling off the boycott was a huge shock they were unable to manage. Lt. Gen. Tukur Burarai’s threat and ochestrated army violence against peaceful IPOB in the run up to February 16 were all designed to maximise the impact of the intended boycott because that was the outcome they desired. This plan fell apart as soon as soon as IPOB called off the boycott. Therefore, they had no choice than to postpone the elections. That Nigeria is not voting today is due to what some people have called the IPOB effect.
“IPOB late announcement of the lifting of the boycott was what led to this last minute postponement by INEC, because they had ample time throughout the week to postpone the elections but failed to do so. The fear of IPOB is the beginning of wisdom, only fools pretend otherwise.
“COMRADE EMMA POWERFUL MEDIA AND PUBLICITY SECRETARY FOR IPOB”