Awka – The lingering judicial cum political row between the Abia state governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu and his
People’s Democratic Party (PDP) compatriot on who becomes the authentic governor of the state in view of discordant judicial pronouncements regarding the various suits instituted in that regards has attracted the attention of one of the leading pro-Biafra movement, the Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB).
says he has waded into the political crisis in Abia state.
In a statement made available to the newsmen in Awka, the Anambra State capital late afternoon Friday, MASSOB disclosed it has already waded into the crisis and therefore urged both camps to sheath their swords.
MASSOB’s director for Social Welfare/Conflict Resolution who called for calm, assured to mobilize tested stakeholders from the entire South East geopolitical zone to address and resolve the issue peacefully to avoid further dissipation of energy by both camps.
According to the statement which read in part, “The Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign state of Biafra as a major stakeholder in the affairs of Ndigbo sues for peace and harmony in the political game in Abia state.
“Having watched with keen interest and discerned with spiritual eyes, MASSOB advises and demands that Abia State must be at peace now in the spirit of Igbo brotherhood.”
“MASSOB will engage patriotic, credible and non-partisan Igbo leaders to assist in establishing a lasting peaceful atmosphere in Abia state.
“MASSOB will no longer tolerate the engagement or activities of hired thugs and Youth/women groups to cause political tensions in Abia state again.
“MASSOB also blame the South East leadership of the PDP for keeping quite over this political time bomb in Abia state.
The movement therefore called for dialogue and mutual understanding as expected of brothers/sisters always, and decried the aim of those it saw as fueling the tension and logjam.
“They want to destabilize and create artificial political tension in Igbo land.
“We can’t continue to expose and throw Igboland into the theatre of political war because of group or personal interest which creates an indirect opportunities for our enemies to rubbish the integrity and uniqueness of the Igbo.
“Since the beginning of this year more than enough blood has been shed in Igbo land, we don’t want another set of Igbo youths or elders to be killed on the altar of showing political supremacy in Abia state.
“For the sake of Abia state and the people, Okezie Ikpeazu and Uchechukwu Ogah must sheathe their swords now and embrace peace.
An Abuja Federal High Court had recently sacked the governor of the state, Okezie Ikpeazu over tax issues and ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission to issue certificate of return to Uche Ogah, a situation that had caused tension in the state.
But in another breath, another High Court in Abia state gave another verdict affirming Ikpeazu as the Abia governor. It went further to observe that the tax papers were neither a product of Ikpeazu, nor authored by him. More so that the body that it issued the documents has not in any way denied it.