Igbo politicians blast Nnamdi Kanu on call for boycott of elections

Nnamdi Kanu [Photo: TODAY.ng]
Nnamdi Kanu [Photo: TODAY.ng]

Some politicians have condemned the call by the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, on Igbos to boycott future elections until the federal government addresses his group’s demand for a referendum on Biafra.

Anambra State is set to hold its governorship election on November 18.

The stakeholders in interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria described the call as an attempt by Mr. Kanu to derail democracy in the state and expose the people to anarchy.

Sam Oraegbunam, Chairman of Hope Democratic Party, HDP, Anambra chapter, said although Mr. Kanu’s call for repositioning of Nigeria was popular, he must not use it to cause confusion in Anambra.

“There is also need for economic restructuring,” he said. “We have to empower the states and the regions to develop resources they have and look beyond oil that is causing disaffection in the country.

“Kanu has done enough to draw the attention of Nigeria and the world to the type of injustice in this country and the plight of the Igbo man too.

“But in terms of boycott of elections and issuing deadline for referendum, I think it is an overreaction on his part.

“If Anambra does not hold election in Nigeria in November, it means that there will be a vacuum and what happens to the state in terms of administration?

‘’Kanu is from a state and there is an elected governor there, so he should allow us have our election because we are still a component of Nigeria.

“My advice is that Kanu should consult, listen more and talk less, there are others who share his point of view, he should not derail democracy in Anambra,” he said.

Also, Jude Emecheta, National Chairman of Willie Obiano Support Group, described the call as reckless and uncalled for.

Mr. Emecheta said such call was why the South-East poorly participated in the 2006 population census and had not recovered from the disadvantage it got as a result.

The APGA chieftain said Mr. Kanu’s call on boycott of Anambra election was capable of plunging the state into political crisis.

“This call is not needed, it is undemocratic and it is a show of youthful exuberance. That is why sometime I get worried about this issue of empowering the youth.

“We have a supreme council of IPOB elders who should speak for the group, Kanu is the head of the publicity by virtue of being the head of Radio Biafra.

“We are just talking about restructuring, we have not articulated our demand in that restructuring, and there is need for the Igbo man to come back fully into the Nigerian project.

“The statement did not come from the hierarchy of the party; we know those we can take seriously on Anambra elections.

“We have not recovered from the disadvantage this type of call caused us in 2006 during the population census.

“And now they are talking of Anambra boycotting election; if we don’t hold election here government will just declare a state of emergency because there cannot be vacuum,” he said.

(NAN)


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  • I did it 4 Love

    Nnamdi Kanu a youth? Hey Nnamdi is about 50 years old and a popular figure in Igbo land. Boycotting election is strategic and has good and bad, Anambra people will have to make that decision.

  • Nnamdi Ugwuadu

    It is not about Nnamdi kanu, it is about the people. Politicians in Anambra State should call for dialogue and let him see the reason why Anambra should hold their election. Politicians in Anambra do not have the mandate of the people unlike Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. Our politicians cannot be trusted again by the people. Federal government should fix a date for referendum and let the Biafran people decide their faith. It is their constitutional right and they must be allowed to exercise it. Those politicians that are making mouth cannot even win election in their constituency if not by rigging. Everything is not politics. Nnamdi Kanu has the mandate of the people whether he is in the prison or outside the prison.

  • Julius

    Hahahahahahaha, this is getting interesting !!!

  • Malik Isah

    Lol, where have they been all along.

  • CloudCompute

    If there were any boycott of election in Anambra, a state of emergency will be declared in that state, and be rest assured that an Hausa or Fulani man with a military background would be asked to administer the state. Beware of what you ask for. My advice is for IPOB to register itself as a poltical party and win the state. Thereafter, they can advance their goals to exit Nigeria or be a part of it. Good luck.

    • I did it 4 Love

      Best advise

    • obiora

      There will be no election so you can now send your hausa or Fulani in Anambra .

      • hassan

        Spare parts trader

  • easyman16

    If people did come out of their houses to vote does that warrants a States of emergency? Thieves!

  • obiora

    There will be nothing like crisis if there is no election in Anambra it is only your Stomach it will stop. We all knows that You Slave Traders are our problem in Nigeria. Where are you all Since 1966 as Nigerian Government one after the other are Cheating Us.? If you are a Politican.

  • obiora

    The War has started. We know that our War will be from two Front. One is from Nigeria the other is from IGBO Slave Traders. But we the people will Win all because God is on our Side. They are not Politicans but Crininal Slave Traders.