According to a high level source in the then Atiku campaign, a line of communication was established between the Atiku team and the leadership of IPOB. The communication quickly developed into a negotiation between the two teams.
The negotiations did not start off smoothly. According to our source, the negotiations halted due to demands put forth by Mazi Kanu. He wanted Atiku himself to put in writing that he [Atiku] would call for a referendum 6 months into his presidency. The Atiku team laughed at the demand, and the negotiation stalled.
But the negotiators returned to the table when Nnamdi Kanu timely declared that Abubakar Atiku was not a citizen of Nigeria and therefore should not be eligible for the same elections.
“Do you know that Atiku Abubakar is from Cameroon? His area of Adamawa was in Cameroon”, Nnamdi Kanu said in a live broadcast on Radio Biafra broadcast of Saturday February 2, 2019.