Leader of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has insinuated that his directive to pro-Biafra supporters to vote in the 2019 elections disrupted plans by some Nigerians to rig the polls.
Kanu had shocked many late Thursday, two days to the elections, by calling off the boycott of the election in the southeastern part of Africa’s most populous nation.
He had on several fora urged the people of the Southeast to boycott the 2019 presidential and National Assembly election and instead use the day to push for the actualization of Biafra.
Kanu had said that the only condition for members of the outlawed group to vote was if the federal government yielded to IPOB’s demand for a referendum to enable the Igbo to determine whether they want to be part of Nigeria or not.
“having confirmed this evening that all our preconditions and terms have been met, signed, sealed and delivered; I hereby call-off the election boycott across Biafraland on Feb. 16, 2019,” he had tweeted on Thursday evening,
“I dedicate this historic victory to the formidable. #IPOB family worldwide.”
And on Saturday morning, the National Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmood Yakubu, also shocked many Nigerians by announcing at about 2:40 a.m., a few hours to the commencement of the polls, that the elections had been postponed over logistic problems
According to Yakubu, the Presidential and National Assembly elections will now hold on Saturday, 23 February.
The action of the commission has since been condemned by many Nigerians
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