FULL LIST: 9 Anambra Governorship Candidate Who Called for Nnamdi Kanu's Release

FULL LIST: 9 Anambra Governorship Candidate Who Called for Nnamdi Kanu's Release

  • Some of the governorship candidates in the November 6, Anambra state election have taken a bold step ahead of the poll
  • The candidates called for the release of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra
  • According to the candidates, Kanu's release would diffuse the tension already brewing in the southeast ahead of the election

As the preparations for the Anambra governorship elections continue to thicken, nine candidates contesting for the number one seat in the state have called for the release of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.

The candidates in what seems very unusual among opponents vying for the same seat of power made the call in a joint statement.

FULL LIST: 9 Anambra Governorship Candidate Who Called for Nnamdi Kanu's Release
Nine Anambra governorship candidates have called for Nnamdi Kanu's release. Photo credit: Marco Longari/AFP
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Punch reports that the statement which was jointly signed by the nine Anambra governorship candidates urged the federal government to demilitarise the southeast region before the kick-off of the election in the state.

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According to the governorship candidates, demilitarising the region would stem the heightened tension already brewing up in the Anambra state and the southeast region as a whole.

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In the statement titled; ‘Joint statement by candidates for the Anambra State governorship election holding on November 6, 2021', the candidates said they all commit to a non-violent election.

They also expressed their appreciation for the appeal and concerns raised by the traditional leaders in the southeast on the matter as well representatives of Igbo bishops and archbishops.

The statement reads in part:

"We, the candidates in the forthcoming Anambra State Governorship Election, commit unequivocally to non-violence and the maintenance of peace throughout the duration of the election and beyond."
“We urge all our supporters and other stakeholders to commit fully to these ideals and refrain from any act that may imperil the election."

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The nine candidates who signed off on the statement calling for Kanu's release are

1. Ben Etiaba, the Action Alliance (AA) candidate

2. Charles Soludo, All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) candidate

3. Obinna Uzoh, Social Democratic Party (SDP) candidate

4. Akachukwu Nwankpo, African Democratic Congress (ADC) candidate

5. Onyejegbu Okwudili, Allied Peoples Movement (APM) candidate

6. Ifeanyi Uba, Young Progressives Party (YPP) candidate

7. Andy Uba, All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate

8. Nnamdi Nnawuo, Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) candidate

9. Obiora Okonkwo, Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) candidate

Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that there were reports of mounting tension in the southeast over the trial of the IPOB leader at a Federal High Court in Abuja.

Security operatives including soldiers and the heavily guarded vehicles were deployed to the southeast region ahead of Kanu's trial.

Nnamdi Kanu was arrested in Kenya by some security operatives after he escaped from the country following an attack in his father's compound in Afara Ukwu, Umuahia, Abia state by some soldiers.

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The attack led to the killing of some of his relatives, aides, followers including his dogs.

Since his arrest, Kanu has been charged with treasonable felony and terrorism by the Nigerian government.

He is currently being detained in the custody of the State Security Services (SSS) after the court dismissed a bail application by the IPOB leader.

Source: Legit.ng

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