The sit-at-home order of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) notwithstanding, the Tinubu/Shettima campaign council has picked Monday, November 1 and Monday, January 30, next year for its campaign rallies in Anambra and Imo States respectively.
The choice of Mondays for its rallies in the two south eastern states runs foul of the order by Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) that no commercial or political activities must take place in the entire south east region until their incarcerated leader, Nnamdi Kanu is released from prison by the Nigerian government.
The timetable released by the Presidential Campaign Council (PCC) shows that Mr Tinubu will hold a campaign rally and a stakeholders’ engagement in Imo State on Monday, 21 November.
On Monday, 30 January, the campaign train will move to Anambra, the home state of Peter Obi, the Labour Party presidential candidate.
Recall IPOB declared the sit-at-home order in August 2021 to protest and demand the release of their leader Nnamdi Kanu, who is standing trial on treason and terrorism charges by the Nigerian government.
Violators of the sit-at-home order have been victims of violence and killings by gunmen in southeast states on Mondays. Vehicular movements and commercial activities are on halt in compliance with IPOB’s order.
In early October, IPOB said it has no plans to disrupt the 2023 election and accused the government of masterminding insecurity in the Southeast zone.