The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, will not engage the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, and the Eastern Security Network, ESN ahead of the November 6 governorship election in Anambra state, say spokesman Festus Okoye.
Mr Okoye made this known during an interview with Arise TV on Thursday. He said that while the commission has been engaging stakeholders including security agencies, civil society organisations and other relevant bodies, it wouldn’t go out of its way to engage IPOB/ESN that has been outlawed by the Muhammadu Buhari regime.
“We recognise political parties, we recognise the people of Anambra state, we recognise civil society groups and organisations, we recognise traditional institutions and the clergy, so if they are part of civil society groups and organisation and they attend our programs we will tell them what we want to do in relation to Anambra elections,” Mr Okoye said.
“But in terms of IPOB, the commission will not go out of its way to go and engage with an organisation that the federal government has declared as illegal. So we won’t do that,” he added.