On Monday, the apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, dismissed an alleged assassination threat against Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar.
Recall that the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) spokesman, Emma Powerful, claimed an assassination plot against Atiku in the South-East region.
However, in a statement issued by the National President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council, Okwu Nnabuike, the group urged Atiku to disregard the alleged threat.
According to the statement, there is no reason to kill Atiku or anyone else in the region, and all presidential candidates are free to visit the region and present their plans to the people.
“We received with concern the statement credited to IPOB, wherein it alleged that there is a plot to assassinate the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku, in the South-East.
“We want to make it clear that no such plot exists anywhere in Igbo land. Ndigbo are known for their hospitality, and this has not changed.
“Atiku has an Igbo man, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, as a running mate for the election. He’s also an in-law to Ndigbo and should, therefore, feel free to come to the South East for his campaign any day any time.”
Okwu cautioned against any action or statement that could create unnecessary tension in the region.