- Few days to the Anambra governorship election, a prominent cleric in the southeast has called for the postponement of the exercise
- According to the cleric, the election would be bloody and cause the death of many people in the southeast state
- The cleric, Bishop Abraham Udeh, also advised that the election should be postponed until after six months time
Nnewi - The General Overseer of Mount Zion Faith Global Liberation Ministries, Bishop Abraham Udeh, on Monday, November 1 advised the federal government to postpone the Saturday, November 6 Anambra governorship election to save lives.
Giving reasons for the advice, Bishop Udeh, popularly known as By Fire By Fire said he saw blood flowing like a river in the state with wailing and lamentation in many parts of Anambra.
He insisted that the only remedy would be to hold the election in six months' time, adding that within that period the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu must have been released and be sent back to Britain to allow peace to gin the southeast.
The Daily Sun newspaper quoted him as saying:
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“The circumstance has made me call for the suspension of the election and extend it to next year. Igbo are facing annihilation. Kanu should be released unconditionally and sent back to Britain.
“There’s an agendum of finishing Igbo youths in the name of providing security for the Anambra election.
“I advise Ohaneze Ndigbo and all other Igbo leaders to insist on its suspension and the Anambra state House of Assembly should do the needful to stop the election. It is going to be very bloody unless it’s reversed by the God Almighty.”
Bishop Udeh noted that the sitting governors in the southeast region might not support the election postponement because of their interest in a president of Igbo extraction.
He noted that terrorism had been the order of the day in the region, lamenting that only IPOB and its vigilante arm, Eastern Security Network were called terrorists while bandits and armed herdsmen were not seen as that.
“Ohaneze should come out openly to ask for Igbo freedom. Ohaneze has to understand that under no circumstance would an Igbo man be allowed to become president of Nigeria, never.”
Doyin Okupe asks FG to release Nnamdi Kanu
In a related development, a former presidential media aide, Dr. Doyin Okupe, has called on the federal government to release Kanu, if that would restore peace in the southeast region.
Okupe stated that the freedom and or life of the IPOB leader was more important than the forthcoming November 6 governorship in the state.
He added that Nigeria needs peace in all parts of this country, and if the release of Kanu will bring the needed peace, then he should be allowed to go.
Uba, Soludo, Ozigbo asks FG to dialogue with IPOB
Meanwhile, three candidates in the Anambra governorship election slated for Saturday, 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.