The Movement of Biafrans in Nigeria (MOBIN), a body claiming to be the political arm of the Indigenous people of Biafra (IPOB) yesterday said the call for a boycott for Anambra governorship election by Nnamdi Kanu-led IPOB has no effect and of no substance in the politics of Nigeria which genuine IPOB members would participate and change the narratives by electing a genuine leader.
In a statement read by Director General of MOBIN, Rita Eberechukwu Anigbogu , she said MOBIN before now reached an agreement with the national leadership of the UPP to form partnership for building the party as a Biafran brand, hence it is speaking on the ills MOBIN noticed in the party.
Anigbogu said MOBIN alliance with the United Progressive Party (UPP) was in lieu of a Biafran National Party for Biafra self-determination through political participation.
The statement read in part: ‘’Against all norms of democratic practice and civilized conducts obtainable in all democracies, MOBIN regrets to make public the fragrant violations and bizarre abuses perpetrated by the leadership of the UPP at National level, as led by Chief Chekwas Okorie.
MOBIN accused the national leadership of UPP led by Chief Chekwas Okorie of mutilating the list of delegates.
The statement read in part: ‘’instead of ratifying the Delegates list for conducting the Anambra State governorship primaries, they (the national leadership) sat in Abuja national secretariat and mutilated the list by adding and removing names, re-designating several elected officials with the single aim of deciding for their nefarious purpose, who should be the delegates for the Anambra primaries against the express provisions of the UPP constitution and the Electoral Act.
‘’This was done in such a bizarre manner that a particular candidate has already been favoured by the doctoring that went on across board in all the LGAs of the state. This act of impunity saw a man taking up the position of woman leader in some wards, dead people taking the posts of chairmen and many chairmen downgraded as vice or other offices.
“Some were even taken off completely. What an act of rascality by people bestowed with public trust! Let me use the Anambra East LGA Wards Executives list as example of the said mutilation that has occurred in all the LGAs to give you an insight into what happened. The Anambra East LGA has a total of 15 wards; this will give you a total of 75 delegates emanating from this LGA since each produces 5 delegates namely: Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, Woman leader, and Youth leader. Out of this 75, 38 names (57.33%), Nando ward III where the entire list was excluded by the national.
“We also gathered that the reason for these strange exclusions of some ward lists by the national exco is for their perceived absence of party members loyal to their favoured candidate, and replacements of which they are working out as we speak.”