Thursday, December 9

Anambra 2021: Kanu’s release key to peaceful poll – ADC

The African Democratic Congress (ADC) has called on the Federal Government to release leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, describing it as panacea for a peaceful election in Anambra state.

Candidate of the party in the November 6 election, Dr Akachukwu Nwankpo, made the plea at the unveiling of the ‘Umunna Revolution’ an Igbo homegrown democratic model which he planned implementing if elected.

Speaking through his Director Media and Strategy, Dr Harris Chuma-Odili, Nwankpo said the Biafran warlord could be released on bail while his trial continued.

He argued that Kanu’s release would not only eliminate the palpable tension in the region, but permit the people of the state to have peaceful election for the next constitutional government in the state.

He said, “I want to use this opportunity to call for the release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu from detention so we can have our election peacefully, our people are not happy that they are still keeping him.

“I don’t know why they’re keeping him and I don’t think there is anything wrong in granting him bail, they should grant him bail and continue the trial with good suretees to guarantee his presence in court on next adjourned date.

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“It is not a big deal to allow him a breath of fresh air so that we can go into this election without the palpable fear that is in the air. Igbo’s are speaking in one voice now. We are not happy that he is still being incarcerated and an election is about to be held.

Nwankpo said the Umunna Revolution which the ADC was championing was a ‘kindred-based’ governance model for inclusiveness and wellbeing of the majority.

Video: ADC candidate, Akachukwu Nwankpo talks about the Umunna System of government

“Umunna revolution is taking governance to grassroots and that’s even what Nnamdi Kanu stands for. He has never preached on behalf of the elites. He’s a grassroot crusader. The umunna will address Igbo marginalization.

“I believe in stronger nation, but for that to happen, our own Igbo nation should not be treated the way we’re being treated today. As I speak with you about 1.6million people have been captured for this which in our view, will be beneficial to the people,” he added.

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Describing the Umunna revolution as a democracy model founded on the age long kindred system of the traditional Igbo society where people were part of government instead of the present one where people had to know the few in corridors of power to benefit, Nwankpo said the concept would act as panacea for the growing insecurity in the country.

“Umunna Revolution therefore, not only aims at bringing governance down to the grassroots but down to every family, so that the geese and the ganders can be equally treated.

“If we can reduce misery to five per cent with the Umunna Revolution in one year, be rest assured that crime will also reduce by the same margin.

“While people say devolve power to the states or regions, ADC in Anambra is saying devolve governance to Umunna.

“We are optimistic that by the time it begins to yield positive results in Anambra State, a lot more states will be forced to replicate this model in their various states and beyond, ” he opined

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