(Last Updated On: July 20, 2017)


By Gbenga Gbelee

AS preparations for November 18 governorship election in Anambra State gathers momentum, the Governor, Mr. Willie Obiano, has vowed to go after those who declared that there will be no election in the state.

Governor Obiano was apparently referring to Nnamdi Kanu and his Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) members who have maintained their public stance that election will not hold in Anambra or any eastern state until referendum for Biafra is conducted.

Mr. Obiano while speaking on Wednesday vowed that he was going to deal with those behind the “no election in Anambra campaign”.

The governor who is hoping to the retain his seat in the November 18 guber-poll affirmed readiness to go after and deal decisively with any person or group standing against a smooth conduct of the poll.

He said all eligible voters are free to vote candidates of their choice and all state machineries will be put in place to protect their rights at the polls.

It would be recalled that the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, had said his group would boycott the November 18 governorship election in Anambra state, unless a referendum was held for Biafra restoration before then

He had also claimed that at another forum that he was offered five Igbo states as Biafra by the Federal Government while in prison but he refused.

Nnamdi Kanu who made this claim on Wednesday said that he refused because the Biafra he is agitating for constitutes more than South-East states.

He said he wants a Biafra with Rivers State, Benue State and others who are part of the defunct Biafra Republic and willing to be part of Biafra.

Beyond offering him five eastern states as Biafra, Kanu also alleged that the Nigerian Government offered him an oil block and mansion in Dubai so that he can abandon the cause but that he rejected all of that.

Kanu made this disclosure when he spoke with leaders of Igbo Civil Society Coalition led by Professor Obasi Igwe in a solidarity visit at his Umuahia home.

The IPOB leader described the alleged offers as Greek gifts meant to compromise him, adding that he needs nothing rather than the restoration of Biafra Republic and the liberation of the Igbos.