The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has pledged not to engage the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, and the Eastern Security Network, ESN, ahead of the governorship election in Anambra State next month.
INEC’s spokesman, Festus Okoye, said IPOB and ESN would not participate involved since the Federal Government has banned them.
On Thursday, Okoye stated on Arise TV that the committee would include other parties such as security agencies and civil society organizations, but not IPOB and ESN.
Anambra State’s governorship election is set on November 6, 2021.
As the deadline approaches, the state continues to face insecurity issues.
IPOB and ESN have been related to some of these issues.
A few days ago, unknown gunmen alleged to be ESN members ambushed the motorcade of the State Governor, Willie Obiano.
Despite the charges, the separatist group has distanced itself and ESN from the state’s insecurity problems.
“We recognize political parties, we recognize the people of Anambra state, we recognize civil society groups and organizations,” Okoye stated.
“We recognize traditional institutions and clerics, so if they are members of civil society groups and organizations who attend our events, we will inform them of our plans for the Anambra elections.”
“However, in the case of IPOB, the commission will not go out of its way to deal with an organization that has been deemed illegal by the federal government.” So we’re not going to do it.”