Barrister Emeka Emekesiri, the founder of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB, has revealed how Nnamdi Kanu and ex-militant commander Asari Dokubo attempted to hijack the group.
Kanu and Dokubo attempted to hijack IPOB, according to Emekesiri, since the secessionist group was a good product.
He claimed that Kanu and Dokubo were both aware of his good ideas for IPOB.
Dokubo moved over Emekesiri’s back to form a Customary government after refusing his calls for a meeting, according to Emekesiri.
Dokubo announced the foundation of a new Biafra Customary Government (BCG) in March 2021.
The former militant leader declared himself to be the BCG’s leader.
According to Uche Mefor, the customary government’s Head of Information and Communication, George Onyibe would be the Secretary, while Emekasiri will be in charge of legal things.
However, according to Emekesiri, the BCG was founded without following the initial plans.
“You know people say that a good product is subject to counterfeits, nobody counterfeits a bad product. They know that the product I have is a good product, they know the original vision that I have and they know it’s an excellent vision and that’s why they try to counterfeit it.
“Those who believe in what I believe, we will continue with the original IPOB, the original customary government, no matter the counterfeits because in the end the original will stand.
“Asari Dokubu once said he wanted to come into the umbrella of the customary government and I said that’s good, there is customary government instituted by the elders of which I am their spokesman or Chairman of the governing council, so I said if that is the case let us go ahead.
“While I was in Enugu, I made a move and called Asari Dokubu and requested for a meeting with Ralph Uwazuruike but Asari said he will not be able to come.
“The next thing I heard was that we were creating an implementation committee called Customary Government Implementation committee and I agreed and asked what shall we implement because we already have programmes on the ground? And the next thing I heard was an announcement that he will create 20 Biafra provinces,” he told Vanguard in response to why Kanu and Dokubo tried to take over IPOB.
Prior to his rearrest, Kanu and Dokubo had been at loggerheads over the style of Biafra agitation.
While calling Kanu a con man, the former militant leader had vowed to deal with the factional IPOB leader.
In his response, the embattled secessionist had accused Dokubo of defrauding him of N20 million.
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