Anambra Governorship Election: MASSOB Says Election Must Hold in Southeast State

Anambra Governorship Election: MASSOB Says Election Must Hold in Southeast State

  • One of the pro-Biafra groups in the southeast region has insisted that the Anambra governorship election will hold
  • The upcoming election has raised concerns in the light of the one-week sit-at-home protest in the southeast declared by IPOB
  • Another pro-Biafra group, MASSOB insists the election will hold, adding that its officials in the state will ensure the exercise is hitch-free

Enugu - The Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) has officially backed the Anambra state governorship election slated for Saturday, November 6.

Rising from its national meeting presided over by its leader, Uchenna Madu, MASSOB said the Anambra election must hold for the interest of the Igbo people.

INEC boss
MASSOB assured the Prof Yakubu-led INEC to go ahead with the election. Photo credit: Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP
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In a statement issued Monday, November 1 by MASSOB National Director of Information, Edeson Samuel and seen by, the separatist group noted that the implications of not conducting the election would be grave for the southeast region.

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Part of the statement read:

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“Having studied the political, economical, religious, and social implications of not having a credible election in Anambra and the political mourning that may erupt by imposing a non-representative of Ndi Anambra as their governor, MASSOB declares that the Anambra governorship election slated for November 6th, 2021 will hold as announced by INEC.”

MASSOB further advised the people of Anambra and other residents to:

“Exercise their fundamental and constitutional rights of electing their next governor because Anambra's political space will never be in a vacuum.
“That MASSOB position on this weekend Anambra governorship election is for the interest of Ndigbo, we can never allow or give unfortunate legal room for outsiders to dictate our political and economic future.”

Stressing that its position does not mean derailment of the Biafra struggle for actualisation and restoration, MASSOB said:

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“We must always consider the overall interest of Ndigbo first before a group or individual interest.”

The group further disclosed that it had issued instructions to its 21 local government coordinators, three senatorial zonal leaders, 310 provincial administrators, and all its securities to assist in effecting a peaceful and credible election in Anambra state.

Abaribe says 'no election' directive not from Nnamdi Kanu

In a related development, Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe has revealed that the leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu never gave the order for elections not to hold in Anambra state.

Senator Abaribe made the submission on Thursday, October 28 when he addressed a town hall meeting with the leadership and students of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka.

While addressing the students, the Senate minority leader revealed that he called Kanu's lawyer, who confirmed that the order did not come from the IPOB leader, accusing unknown fifth columnists of engineering the rumours.

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Anambra guber: Major candidates call for dialogue with IPOB

Meanwhile, three candidates in the Anambra governorship election slated for November 6 have called on the federal government to dialogue with IPOB.

The candidates made the call during a debate organised by Arise News in conjunction with Enough is Enough Nigeria on Monday, November 1 in Awka, the Anambra state capital.

The candidates are Senator Andy Uba of the All Progressives Congress; Professor Chukwuma Soludo of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, and Valentine Ozigbo of the Peoples Democratic Party.


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