Former Minister of Aviation Osita Chidoka has expressed disappointment over threats by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), that the November 18 Anambra governorship election will not hold.
According to him, IPOB is forcing a dialogue on referendum, saying the election will hold on November 18, despite the threat.
Chidoka spoke in Abuja after picking the nomination form of the United Progressive Party (UPP), to enable him run as the governorship candidate.
His words: “Building a nation is not a day’s job, not a decade or century’s job. It is work in progress. Today I pick the nomination form of United Progressive Party (UPP); I will want to mobilise governance in Anambra State. “Governance in Anambra today is a celebration of the ordinary; and we want to move away from celebrating the ordinary to a state whose potentials are made manifest. We want a state that is transparent; we will arrest poverty and ensure justice.
“I believe IPOB is forcing a dialogue on referendum in Nigeria; it is pushing an agenda to say it wants a date for referendum, and I believe they know that for you to exercise the powers of a referendum, you need to be a registered voter. And one of the ways to show you have a majority for a referendum is to participate in the political process. I believe when they understand the implications of their threat, they will eventually change their point of view.”
The party’s National Chairman, Chief Chekwas Okorie, said IPOB’s leadership is not well informed about the referendum process, adding that it will be suicidal if the election does not hold.