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Peter Obi Refuses To Condemn IPOB’s ESN, Gives Reason

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The presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi, has said he would not condemn the activities of the Eastern Security Network (ESN) because he is unsure of their activities.

Naija News reports that the ESN was created by the embattled leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.

Nigeria’s security agencies have accused the ESN of carrying out killings, kidnappings, and assassinations in the Southeast.

Speaking on Monday at ‘The Candidates’, a presidential town hall series, the former governor of Anambra said agitations in parts of the country are a result of leadership failure, adding that if elected president, his administration will adopt dialogue to address the issue.

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Peter Obi said: “The first of our seven-point agenda is to ensure the security of the lives and properties of Nigerians and to show a united and one Nigeria by ensuring that there is equity, justice, and doing things following rule of law.

“Everywhere in the country is full of agitation. It is the effect of leadership failure. There is nothing wrong with agitation. You dialogue and discuss with everybody.

“I can’t condemn ESN because I’m not sure who is doing what. You can only condemn people when there is a process in which they have said this person has done something.”

Meanwhile, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State has described the emergence of Peter Obi as a good omen for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

The Kano State Governor stated this on Monday evening during a live appearance on Channels Television’s Politics Today, Naija News reports.

While describing Obi’s candidature as a “good omen” for his party, the APC chieftain said the Labour Party’s candidate spells trouble for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

He said: “Our major contender is the PDP. What is our political investment in the South-East? The votes we got from Nasarawa Local Government in Kano Metropolitan Area was much higher than the total votes APC got in the entire five states of the South-East.

“So, you can see that if there is any problem politically in the South-East, it is the PDP that will suffer the brush. So, the emergence of Obi from the Southeastern part of this country I think it’s the votes of PDP that he will snatch away and is already snatching away.

“For APC, I think it is even a good omen. Instead of having a very close competitor, now the attention of the competitor has been diverted.”