Major pro-Biafra groups are now in battle to adopt a candidate for the forthcoming Anambra gubernatorial election, Voice of Ndigbo gathered.
The struggle between the groups comes ahead of Saturday, August 19, governorship primaries of the United Progressive Party (UPP) for the November 18, 2017 Anambra governorship election.
The groups, sources said are locked in a battle of support for the two aspirants jostling for the governorship ticket of the party.
Front circles in the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) as well as the Movement of Biafrans in Nigeria (MOBBIN) are working to streamline their support for the party, NAIJ.com also gathered.
These effort, the source said is based on a common view that the UPP is more aligned, in ideology and manifesto, to the political agitation of the region than other political parties in the race.
The source said the interest by the pro-Biafra groups is not unconnected with UPP’s ideology of quest for self-determination, which, though not anchored on secession, principally upholds the demand for equity, resource control and restructuring for true federalism.
While majority of the circles are said to be rooting for former aviation minister, Osita Chidoka, others seem to align with Chudi Offodile, who is also seen as identifying with the self-determination ideology.
One of the sources however hinting on the struggle said although Chidoka has the greater support within the circles the Anambra people, it is believe that Offodile is using the Biafran ideology as a campaign slogan.
“Chidoka is seen as already championing the true essence of the ideology, following his bold stance against marginalization of the southeast and unrelenting demand for equity, freedom of expression, and justice for those killed in various peaceful protests in the southeast,” the source said.
Furthermore, the source said that the groups, especially IPOB recognize the roles Chidoka played in the fulfilling of the bail condition and eventual release of IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu from prison detention.
“Though Chidoka is not an IPOB member and is not directly connected with them, they are not in a hurry to forget the roles he played in getting their leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu out of detention.
He even went as far as going to Kuje prison to drive him out to safety at a time when other leaders of the southeast are afraid to identify with him. He did that because of his commitment to that strong spirit of Igbo brotherliness for we are known, but which is now largely lacking among most of our leaders today,” the source said.
The source said if Chidoka picks the UPP governorship ticket, the election will largely be a two horse race between him and Governor Willie Obiano, who is contesting on the platform of a divided All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).
Meanwhile, candidates have started emerging for the Anambra governorship election. Governor Obiano on Wednesday secured the ticket of a faction of the ruling APGA, while Chief Godwin Ezeemo has since picked that of the Progressives Peoples Alliance (PPA).
The UPP is to hold primaries this Saturday, August 19, while that of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been postponed to August 26.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which has been enmeshed in crisis, is expected to hold its primary next week.
It’s earlier reported that the Anambra state governor Willie Obiano had insisted that elections will hold in the state despite the directive given by the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu for residents to boycott the election.
Obiano said he has received assurance from the brain behind IPOB that the elections in Anambra state will hold.