Anambra State

Press secretary defends Soludo’s call for IPOB leader’s release, says it’s not politically motivated

Anambra State Governor, Chukwuma Soludo, visits IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, in detention.

Anambra State Governor, Chukwuma Soludo, has defended his recent call for the unconditional release of the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.

Press Secretary to the Governor, Christian Aburime, stated that the call was not politically motivated and was made out of a genuine desire to address the ongoing insecurity in the South-East region.

During a campaign rally for the All Progressives Grand Alliance, Governor Soludo called for Kanu’s release and offered to stand as surety for him.

The comments have generated mixed reactions, with some suggesting that the governor’s call was politically motivated as elections approach.

Aburime, however, stated that Governor Soludo made the call because he observed that Kanu needed to speak to the people of the South-East in order to address the growing insecurity in the region.

He expressed concern that the public has attached the wrong motives to the governor’s “genuine” call.

The press secretary also clarified that Governor Soludo did not consult with other South-East governors before making the call, as he spoke in his capacity as the governor of Anambra State only.

He also noted that the governor has observed that insecurity in the region has continued to worsen since Kanu’s detention and that the governor believes that his release would be a step towards finding a permanent solution to the problem.

In addition, Aburime also addressed the issue of campaign billboards, stating that the billboards of the Labour Party were removed because the party defaulted on their payments to the signage agency.

He emphasized that the campaign billboards of the All Progressives Congress (APC) or the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) were not removed because those parties followed due process.

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