Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide has cautioned a factional leader of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Simon Ekpa, to return the funds he allegedly collected ‘with the intent to destroy the prospects of the Labour Party to win the 2023 Presidential elections on 25th February 2023’.
This demand was made on Tuesday in a statement sent to POLITICS NIGERIA by Okechukwu Isiguzoro, the Secretary-General of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide.
“Intelligence reports have it that Simon Ekpa became frightened that his secrets have been uncovered and he quickly retreated and withdrew his response to the $50,000 bounty placed on him and has been begging Ohanaeze Ndigbo in the last 24 hours through the third-parties to reconsider and review the sanctions as well drop the bounty placed on him.
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“Ndigbo’s response to Simon Ekpa’s plea is that he should return the 1m dollars to the disfavored and unpopular Presidential candidate, he must quickly return all he had collected (to his paymasters) in other to destroy the support base of Peter Obi through his old-fashioned mantra of NO ELECTION IN BIAFRA LAND and rescind his intentions to declare a 4 days Sit-At-Home from 22nd to 26th of February 2023 in the view to disrupt the 2023 Presidential elections in the southeast.
“Ndigbo will resist attempts by Simon Ekpa to scare away Voters in the Southeast and South/South through his planned 4days Sit At Home, our suspicion was reinforced after Ekpa was asking for forgiveness and we knew that his plans to boycott the elections in southeastern Nigeria were to stop Obedient devotees from voting for Peter Obi and lessen the strength of the Southeast.”
Ohanaeze’s statement added: “The 2023 Presidential elections must hold in the Southeast, and Ndigbo must vote for whoever is their choice at the polls.
“Simon Ekpa must pay back all that he has amassed from the enemies of Ndigbo, stop his killer squad in southeastern Nigeria, show remorseful repentance and apologize for the inconveniences caused by his rantings and crooked falsehoods to Ndigbo, except he abides by these conditions.
“Ndigbo will smoke him out of his hideouts at Finland and Europe, as Ndigbo and Nigerians in Finland and Europe have responded positively on the $50,000 bounty placed on him, it’s a matter of time, Simon Ifeanyi Njoku Ekpa will be apprehended, and his extradition to Nigeria will happen shortly so that he can answer all the crimes and killings he instigated in the Southeast.”