Nnamdi Kanu, Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), says the November 18 governorship election in Anambra State can take place only if the federal government gives him a date for referendum for the people of the South East to decide whether to still remain part of Nigeria or not.
Kanu said that as long as government at the centre refuses to accede to the people’s demand for a referendum, not only will the Anambra governorship not hold, no other election will hold in the South East going forward.
“There will not be any election in Anambra on the 18th of November 2017, and there won’t be any going forward until they give me a date for a referendum,” he said.
“They know what to do, it is very simple. They should convene a meeting, I attend or I send my representative and they give us a date. That is very simple. That is the only way we can have elections.”
The Ohaneze ndi Igbo, the recognised pan-Igbo body, had distanced itself from Kanu’s call for boycott of the election, but Kanu said he does not need the group’s endorsement.
“I’m not (bothered about the Ohaneze) because the people are with us. We control the people 100 per cent. And come to Anambra on the 18th of November 2017, the whole world will be amazed,” he said.
On the possibility of the proposed election boycott leading to breakdown of law and order, Kanu said things will not degenerate to conflict as the IPOB is a non-violent group.
“Where on this earth have you ever found self-determination resulting in any form of conflict?” he asked.
“Only in Nigeria, because those in the political class are not educated enough to understand or distinguish between self-determination and war. They don’t mean the same thing.
“Referendum does not mean the same thing as war. If there is war, we still have to sit round the table to discuss, ultimately. If there isn’t any war, we still need to discuss.
“Things cannot go on this way. The status quo can no longer hold. I can assure you that the people will listen to us and they will not vote.