2023: What I’ll do about IPOB, others if elected — Peter Obi

Peter Obi, the 2023 presidential candidate of the Labour Party on Wednesday stated that he would engage in dialogue with secession agitators in Nigeria if elected president.

He made the statement while featuring in an Arise TV morning show where he also claimed to have observed how issues on agitations were handled in other places across the world.

The former Anambra state governor also blamed the rise of agitation on poor leadership in the country while noting such as being the issue with Nigeria over the years.

He also debunked rumours claiming he is in support of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB led by Nnamdi Kanu who is currently in the custody of the DSS.

Speaking, Obi said, “I have never been in any agitation. I had said that the agitation is because of leadership failure over the years. I will engage them in dialogue if elected into power”.

Earlier, IPOB had lashed out at a former Governor of Kano State and presidential candidate of New Nigeria Peoples Party, Rabiu Kwankwaso, saying that he should not link the group with the ambition of the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi.

This was as the group stressed that it was not interested in the nation’s “corrupt and fraudulent” politics, adding that its main target was the liberation of the Biafra people.

The group observed that Obi was neither a member of IPOB nor supported its cause at any point in time.

IPOB Director of Media and Publicity, Emma Powerful, stated this in a statement on Tuesday.

The statement read, “The global family of the Indigenous People of Biafra, under the command and leadership of our great leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, wishes to advise the former Governor Kano State Rabiu Kwankwoso not to involve IPOB in the selection process they call election in Nigeria.

“The Nigerian politicians generally and Kwankwaso, in particular, should desist from linking IPOB with Peter Obi, his political ambition and campaign. Peter Obi is not an IPOB member and never supported our agitation for freedom at any time because he pursues a totally different goal from that of the Indigenous People of Biafra.”

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