Thursday, July 20, 2017 9:37 am
All eyes are now on former Aviation Minister, Osita Chidoka and other Igbo leaders as the Federal Government is said to be fuming over the alleged breach by the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, of bail conditions leading to his release from prison custody.
Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court Abuja in April, granted Kanu who is standing trial for treason, bail after assurances by a group of Igbo leaders – at the forefront of which was Chidoka, who particularly played vital roles in fulfilling the bail conditions and his eventual release from Kuje prisons.
There are however, apprehensions that the bail may be revoked as the authorities are said to be compiling the alleged breaches of the bail conditions including being in rallies attended by thousands of supporters in violation of the order of court not to be in a gathering of more than 10 persons.
Chidoka, who is contesting the governorship of Anambra state on the platform of pan-Igbo political party, the United Progressives Party (UPP), a party which is fast upstaging the ruling All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) in the state may now be faced with the task of ensuring that the bail is not revoked by the court.
When contacted, a close source said Chidoka is a “true and highly respected Igbo man and has no regrets whatsoever for the roles he played in securing Kanu’s release” adding that the South East is in dire need of such leaders as Chidoka, who is not afraid to stand up for the people when the occasion demands.
On the issue of the alleged breach of the bail conditions, a source said the controversial issues are being studied and will be addressed at the appropriate time, adding that what is paramount to the nation now is the entrenchment of fairness, and justice and equality for all.
The former Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) who is currently on a state-wide tour, commissioning his campaign offices in all the 21 local government of Anambra state, has been particularly outspoken against the killing and harassment of unarmed youths in Anambra and other South East states by security forces, even as he blames the agitation in the region to the failure of APGA to properly and adequately aggregate and present the aspirations, views and interest of the southeast to the rest of the country