Thursday, December 9

Sit-at-home: Opportunity for enemies to ‘cook’ election results – Igbo elders warn

Following the five-day sit-at-home order by the Indigenous People of Biafra IPOB which is expected to commence on November 5, a day to the Anambra governorship election, a socio-political organisation under the aegis of Igbo Elders Consultative Forum has warned that if not reversed, would give the enemies of the people the opportunity to ‘cook’ the results of the election scheduled for November 6.

In an interview with the Punch in Abuja, Secretary of the group, Charles Nwekeaku, noted that by sitting at home, people who do not mean well for the Igbos would simply ‘cook’ the election results and impose any person of their choice on Anambra State as dully elected Governor.

He said, “The sit-at-home order, if observed, will hurt the Igbos generally and Anambra State specifically, as it will give the enemies of the people the opportunity to ‘cook’ election results and impose any person on our people as a governor.

“Rather than stay at home, IPOB should mobilize our people to vote out enemies of the people, whose stock in trade is just to carry out the evil agenda of their paid masters.

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Reacting to the restriction of Igbo delegation to the trial of the IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu before Justice Binta Nyako, the group said it is dangerous and would aggravate the already charged tension and insecurity in the South East zone.

Nwekeaku said, “The trial should be open to the public, at least, the stakeholders including journalist, lawyers, and Igbo elders. The decision of the Federal Government to restrict journalists, lawyers, respectable traditional rulers and the Igbo delegation to the trial of Nnamdi Kalu will aggravate the already charged tension and insecurity in the South East zone, thus endangering whatever peace process mechanism that is being empanelled by various stakeholders now.

“The Igbo Elders Forum is delighted that Nnamdi Kalu was present at the October 21, 2021 Court sitting, thus confirming that he is alive, contrary to the hitherto speculations that all might not be well with him.

“However, to barricade the whole court premises and prevent the Igbo delegation, led by His Excellency, Dr Chukwuemeka Ezeife, former Governor of Anambra State, and other stakeholders from entering the Court sitting gives the impression that the whole process may lack transparency, fairness, justice and equity.

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“We are yet to come to terms that respectable Igbo Elders that came to the Court to witness the trial of Nnamdi Kalu were humiliated and kept under the sun for some hours by some overzealous security agents. When we protested against the ill-treatment meted against our elders, we were told that the ‘’directive came from the above.’”

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