Wednesday, December 1

Anambra election: We’re hopeful of Nnamdi Kanu’s release before Friday – Ohanaeze

Youth wing of Ohaneze Ndigbo has expressed optimism on the release of leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu before Saturday’s governorship election in Anambra state or show reasonable readiness to do so.

The group which disclosed this in a release signed by Acting Youth Leader, Onwuasoanya Jones, also called on members of the secessionist group to reconsider the five day sit-at-home order in view of its adverse effect the region’s economy.

It said it has constituted an Election Security Monitoring Team and a Situation Room to ensure Saturday’s poll was free, fair and credible.

The statement reads, “We are hopeful that the Federal Government shall pay heed to good counsel and release Nnamdi Kanu before 5th of November or at least show a reasonable readiness to do that by then.

“While we, on our part, continue to call on our IPOB comrades to reconsider the five day sit-at-home order, as this will adversely affect the businesses of our brothers and sisters in the Southeast more than it will ever affect any other group in this country.

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“We are in active consultation with our brothers to explore other ways of registering our protest without hurting our business and educational interests. We are happy to inform us that while no decision has been reached on that, our brothers are not insensitive to our plight and they have continued to demonstrate a clear readiness to put the interest of Ala Igbo before anything else.

“We have embarked on far-reaching consultations and engagements with stakeholders across board, including our brothers who have taken up the choice of civil disobedience to push home their demands for a fair society.

“We have been having very healthy and fruitful discussions with them, and we have also met security heads in Anambra where we straight-out conveyed our demand for the auditing of all detention facilities to ensure that all those unjustly detained are unconditionally released.

“We have also extracted a commitment for a free, fair and credible Governorship election in Anambra.

“We have therefore set up the Anambra Election Security Monitoring Team and a Situation Room to monitor the election and ensure that the election is not only free and fair, but also seen to be so.

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“This Monitoring Team is led by Mazi Chukwuma Okpalaezeukwu, the Secretary-General of this noble Organization and they shall coordinate the 50youths per ward, Anambra Youth Volunteer Corps, which has been working assiduously towards a peaceful and credible Governorship election in Anambra State.

“Before now, the Anambra State Chapter of our organization led by Comrade Eweh Onyekachi has concluded a Statewide sensitization tour aimed at mobilizing the youths of Anambra to support and participate in a free and fair governorship election. These engagements have had very encouraging outcomes.

“We are therefore encouraging all eligible Anambra electorate to file out, peacefully on the 6th of November to cast their votes for any candidate or party of their choice and to also ensure that their votes are not diverted or stolen.

“We shall be deploying our limited resources towards ensuring that this election is not stolen and only a candidate popularly voted by Ndi Anambra shall govern Anambra State.”

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