The embattled Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, has raised an alarm over the plot by the Ingenious People of Biafra, IPOB, to spoil the chances of him and other Igbos, from becoming President in 2023.
Okorocha made this disclosure in an exclusive interview with Vanguard Newspaper, on Friday.
Post-Nigeria recalls that Okorocha before now, has been nursing his Presidential ambition, having contested in many Presidential primaries, both in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and the All Progressives Congress, APC.
While speaking on the nuisance constituted by IPOB, he said: “The issue of IPOB, whether we want to believe it or not, IPOB is not good for the South-East, and it is not the best way for us to complain about marginalisation to the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“There are better ways; the IPOB way is too primitive. If IPOB must do a thing like that, it should have changed the name and fought the way Ijaw youths fought, Arewa youths fought, and they would have made more impact. For everything that comes from the Igbo man, we love to go to the extreme.
“Now you want to separate yourself from Nigeria, meanwhile, South-South will not go with you, Edo, Rivers, will not go with you. If you cut us off here now as South-East, if I need to go to Rivers State, I will go and ask for passport and visa, and we are keeping quiet to say this.
“If there is a crisis now, there is no Hausa man in Igbo land who has a duplex, there is no Yoruba man who has a room and parlour or an N20 million investment in Igbo land, but Igbo have trillions of naira virtually everywhere.
“The same people are asking for secession. If Igbos are asked to go, what happens? They would lose their property, and all of us are keeping quiet, supporting IPOB! It was very childish, and those behind this should stop, that is my advice. South-South has produced the President, South-West has produced a President and Vice President, the North has produced many Presidents, it is hoping that one day in the next shift, by whatever arrangement, the next people that should be considered is the South-East by Nigeria’s sharing formula. So, where are we in our wisdom and the intelligence? That is my position on IPOB; my advice is that Igbos should change their style, and condemn IPOB in a manner that should be done, and let us flow with the rest of Nigeria for now, because we shall benefit more than anyone else.”