The Eastern Union, a pressure group championing the consciousness of the people of the old Eastern Region has said that the sit-at-home order by the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB is capable of truncating the presidential ambition of Labour Party’s candidate, Peter Obi.
The national president, Charles Anike, on Thursday, noted that even though the Nnamdi Kanu-led group had cancelled the sit-at-home order, the enemies of the zone who have hijacked the movement will capitalize on the situation to use it against the political interests of the South-East, especially with the growing influence of Peter Obi among the Nigerian youths in particular.
Charles added that there’s an urgent need to convey an Igbo leaders’ summit to open discussions and engage the youths of South-East and also IPOB members concerning the coming elections.
He added that it is dangerous for Peter Obi candidacy if the South-East leaders pretend that all is well.
He said, “The order has many negative implications on both the socio-economic and political lives and activities of the people. Some hoodlums that have highjacked the IPOB sit-at-home exercise have transformed themselves into different names and are carrying out deadly attacks on the innocent citizens.
“These criminals, disguised as unknown gunmen, have been unleashing terrors on the people of South-East, using the name of IPOB, in order to discredit the group and the struggle for equity, fairness and justice.
“Political activities are not left out of the frustration, as fears of attacks by unknown gunmen forbid political gatherings. At many occasions, there were reports of the gunmen invading political gatherings, abducted some people for ransom, while killing some without giving reasons.”
Igbo Leaders Must Act To Protect Peter Obi’s Candidacy
He continued; “The IPOB agitators need to be advised to seriously review their methods of operations so they don’t create more problems to the same people they want to win freedom for.
“Mr Peter Obi stands a chance of winning the 2023 presidential election and his growing popularity is also attracting envies from both enemies within and outside the South-East.
“Hence there’s urgent need to convey an Igbo leaders’ summit to open discussions and engage the youths of South-East and also IPOB members concerning the coming elections.
“For the South-East leaders to pretend that all is well, or erroneously believe that nothing will happen is dangerous for the Peter Obi candidacy.” Charles Told The Whistler in Enugu