Professor Charles Soludo, candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) for the election of governor on November 6, 2021, expressed his position on the activities of the proscribed indigenous peoples of Biafra, IPOB, in the south-east.
Soludo said he would have a dialogue with IPOB leadership to find out why they are agitating, adding that they need to be heard.
He said this during the Anambra governor election debate hosted by Arise TV.
When asked if he agrees with IPOB’s activities, Soludo said: “Be clear, I am the only one on this podium who is very clear about the IPOB turmoil.
“I am a Pan-Africanist and a Pan-Nigerian. However, I have officially declared that the IPOB deserves to be heard. These things were the ideas that the commotion cannot be stopped by a gun when my brother [Andy Uba] says he has to find out he lives on the moon. All these years, you don’t know why the IPOB is agitated.
“You know why they are agitated. Are you for or against. For me, we need to have a dialogue, bring everyone to the table and discuss these specific issues of unrest and come out with an alternative point of view, and my alternative point of view is prosperity in Anambra and prosperity for the South-East.
Meanwhile, the head of the IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, is currently being held in the State Services Department, the DSS.
Judge Binta Nyako had placed Kanu in pre-trial detention until November 10.
The federal government arrested Kanu in 2017, but Nayko from a Federal High Court in Abuja granted him bail.
Kanu, however, skipped the bond and fled Nigeria.
He claimed he fled due to an assault on his life by the Nigerian military.
However, the leader of the IPOB was arrested again in July in Kenya and repatriated to Nigeria to continue his trial.