Three pro-Biafra groups, the Biafra Independence Organization, the Igbo Revolutionary Movement and the Eastern People Renewal have backtracked on the earlier decision of some Igbo groups not to participate in the 2019 election.
The groups made their latest position in a statement made available to journalists on Wednesday, where they took swipes at some Igbo leaders, who they said were not doing enough for the people.
The statement made available to DAILY POST was signed by Comrade Emeka Ibekwe for (Biafra Independence organization), Comrade Philip Umenna (Igbo Revolutionary Movement) and Comrade Sunday James Achu for the Eastern People Renewal.
They said it was regrettable that some Igbo leaders, who have the opportunities of bringing development to Igbo land, declined to do so owing to selfishness and inferiority complex.
“Many so-called Igbo leaders have occupied many high government positions and appointments; many served as elected governors, state and national assembly members; they are no longer remembered today because there was nothing to show that they once occupied such lofty positions.
“We, however, commend some leaders who are steadfast and eloquent in pursuit of justice and political emancipation of Ndigbo.
“We seize this opportunity to declare our infinite resolve to participate in the coming general election in 2019; we shall participate in supporting, canvassing and voting for a credible Biafran person irrespective of political party or platform.
“We need our people-oriented persons with true Igbo trademark to occupy all elective positions both in Igbo land and Abuja.
“The people of Biafra are tired of Hausa Fulani’s stooges that are representing our people. We shall also support some Igbo governors and national assembly members who are doing well in infrastructural development, economic/ social stabilization, youth and women empowerment through rural/ community development.
“Governors that are positively touching the lives of our people through health care and hospital equipment will also have our support,” they said.
The coalition said it has resolved to support “the continuity of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu and Dave Umahi of Abia and Ebonyi States.
“We are moved to declare our open support to them because of their ingenuity and robustness in infrastructural developments, health care and social welfare of their respective states.
“Today Ndigbo can be proud of Aba (Enyimba City) and Abakiliki on the sudden transformational outlook of the two cities of Igbo land.
“Aba has suddenly bounced back to her ancient glory of commercial engine room of Igbo land; even Abakiliki that was a forgotten city has bounced back to a modern city.
“We encouraged the citizens and residents of Abia and Ebonyi states to return back Gov Okezie Ikpeazu and Dave Umahi for continuous development of Igbo land.”