The acting National Chairman of United Patriots, Chukwudi Ezeobika, has faulted the call by the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, to hold a referendum on the sovereign State of Biafra on February 16, a day set aside by the Independent National Electoral Commission for presidential and National Assembly elections.
He said the call was irresponsible, unpatriotic and highly misplaced.
Ezeobika, who is also the party’s senatorial candidate for Anambra South, said this in a statement on Saturday.
He said having full knowledge of the deplorable state of affairs in Nigeria under the President Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress government, it was strange and disturbing for anyone to encourage the Igbos to boycott the general elections especially the Presidential and National Assembly elections in place of a referendum.
He said, “The consequence of this unfortunate call for a referendum by Nnamdi Kanu cannot be overemphasised hence, my genuine call on all Igbos wherever they are in Nigeria to jettison this irresponsible call and turn out en masse to vote for a presidential candidate of their choice come February 16.
“It is very important to note that this call for a referendum during elections is neither in the overall interest of the Igbos nor advantageous in any way, to the political life of the Igbos as their political strength will further be diminished if they heed such irresponsible call to boycott the general elections.
“More than ever before, the South East being the region with the lowest registered voters in the whole of the country at the moment, the Igbos across the Nigerian federation must seize this opportunity to display higher intelligence and wisdom and not be fooled by individuals who place their personal interests first before the overall collective interest of the Igbos in general.
“With the emergence of Mr Peter Obi as the presidential running mate to Atiku Abubakar, there is indeed a need to look beyond these very presents and concentrate more on the things that unite us as a nation than the things that tear us apart.”