The Indigenous People of Biafra have warned the Independent National Electoral Commission and the Governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodimma, against rigging the forthcoming November 11 governorship election.
IPOB in a statement issued by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, on Friday, warned the electoral body not to compromise the results of the election.
It alleged that INEC had drafted its officials from all the Local Government Areas in the state to work in favour of Governor Uzodimma by compromising the results of the election.
Powerful said, “As much as IPOB does not get involved in the Nigerian fraudulent political selection called election, nevertheless, we are not going to be silent and watch the Nigerian government use corrupt INEC officials to perpetuate evil in Imo State and by extension the South-East region.
“INEC is not independent but fully dependent on the government in power or to any moneybag politician who lines their pockets.
“However, in this coming election in Imo State, INEC officials must be very circumspect not to throw Imo State into crisis by becoming willing tools to renew another four years-mandate of suffering, hunger, and killings.
“INEC officials must not impose a rejected candidate on Imo indigenes. IPOB members are not politicians and neither partisan, but we are against any political party or government that is toxic to our people.
“INEC officials that Hope Uzodinma handpicked and drafted to rig the Imo State election should be very careful not to buy a market that comes with heavy prices.
“We want these drafted INEC officials to know that Imo State people are groaning in pains from a killer government and it will be suicidal for them to subvert their wishes in this coming election because of money or threat.
“If you can’t stand the threat and can’t say no to bribes to subvert the will of Imo citizens, you have the time to back off. But should you subvert the will of the people, be ready for the consequences. Ndimo and IPOB intelligence in Imo State are watching.
“The IPOB intelligence has uncovered some INEC officials that have been drafted to various Imo State local government areas to compromise election results in favour of Hope Uzodinma and APC.
“All these identified and named officials are from outside Imo State except one official. We advise every one of them to be professional or back off if they can’t be neutral and do their job honestly. If they insist on doing the dirty job, then they should get ready for the consequences.”
IPOB called on Imo citizens and the people of the Southeast to watch out for INEC officers during the election, stressing that “Anyone who compromises the November 11, 2023 governorship election in Imo State should be held accountable in whatever format available and the person should be pursued to his or her home for betraying Ndimo state.”
“IPOB hereby advises willing voters in Imo State to go out and vote their preferred governorship candidate and defend their votes on the November 11, 2023 governorship election.”