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Nnamdi Kanu: Chidoka explains why he supports missing IPOB leader

Osita Chidoka

The former Minister of Aviation is a well-known supporter of the IPOB leader.

Candidate for the Anambra State governorship election, Osita Chidoka, has dismissed accusations that he supports leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, to achieve popularity to fuel his political ambition.

The United Progressive Party (UPP) flag bearer is a well-known supporter of the leader of the pro-Biafra separatist group,  and he famously drove him away from Kuje prison when he was released on bail in April 2017.

While speaking during a governorship debate organised by Channels Television on Sunday, November 12, 2017, Chidoka said he was merely respecting the fundamental rights enshrined in the nation's constitution by driving him.

He said, "The law took its course on him. He got bailed from a court, I now participated in ensuring that the bridge of communication between the angry young people in the South East and the rest of the country is a burden I believe I bear as a young minister.

"As a young former Chief Executive of the Federal Road Safety Corps, I believe I serve as a beautiful bridge; I serve as that bridge that connects the dreams of Nigeria with the people of Ndi-Igbo.

"If it was a popularity contest, I'm sure that candidate would have gone for it. The issue is the fundamental philosophy of the right of individuals in a democracy to freely express themselves within the laws of the country.

"Once we have that right as enshrined in our Constitution, I believe we must respect it and if anybody violates the terms of our Constitution or our laws, then the law should take its course."

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The former Minister of Aviation is one of the favourites to win the election as he publicly debated against four other favourites which includes incumbent, Governor Willie Obiano of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and Tony Nwoye of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The others were Oseloka Obaze of the People's Democratic Party (PDP), and Godwin Ezeemo of the Progressives People's Alliance (PPA).

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