Our great party rejects the views expressed by two different camps in a group that styles itself ‘Independent Peoples of Biafra (IPOB)’ in varying degrees and hold that APC is on its way to a free and fair victory in the November 18, 2017 governorship elections in Anambra State .
Mr. Nnamdi Kanu, an Abia-born United Kingdom (UK) citizen and a chieftain of IPOB had called for the boycott of the governorship elections in Anambra State. It is a statement that lacks basis and for us in APC, it is an easy decision to reject the thoughtless pronouncement and urge Ndi Anambra to prepare to correct the grave error of 2013-error called Chief Willie Obiano, an imposition made against real numbers.
We reject the call from Nnamdi Kanu intoto and urge Ndi Anambra to come out en masse and vote in an APC Government to bring development to Anambra State with strong Central backing.
However, one Mr. Emeka Emekesiri who claimed to be speaking for the Elders Council of IPOB, led by Justice Eze Ozobu,while rejecting the Kanu’s stand, which went ahead to propound that a boycott will favour our great party, All Progressives Congress (APC),provocatively alleging collaboration between our party and Mr Kanu.
In line with the stand already taken, we agree with the condemnations by Emekesiri of Kanu’s outburst, but disagree with the former to the extent of the perforated claim about an election boycott benefiting APC and even the mere thought of collaborating with IPOB on election boycott.
It is an impeachable lie, generated from Government House Awka.
Our party has an overwhelming support base, in Anambra State and it is still growing. Hence in the event of an election boycott, our support base will be eroded, and that remains unacceptable to us.
Additionally, Mr Emekesiri , an Imo State born, UK-based attorney, who claimed that Kanu broke and unstated oath through his statement , erroneously held that in the event of a boycott, a state of Emergency will be declared and the Federal Government will appoint a Sole Administrator.
We would understand if this comes from a proposed Biafran Constitution, ahead of a consensus on such a venture, but it is certainly not derived from the Nigerian Constitution.
According to the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended. In the unlikely event of a 100 percent boycott of an election in Anambra State, or anything that causes the election not to hold, the Speaker of Anambra State House of Assembly, Mrs Rita Maduagwu will be sworn in as Acting Governor on March 17, 2018 for 90 days within which another election will hold.
To us in APC, Having an incompetent Speaker who presides over a sleeping house of Assembly that approves N1.2 bn per month for the governor on security votes replace the one who has the conscience to
draw such money from a state that generates N1.3bn in internally generated revenue is like jumping from frying pan to fire. But it is not the same for APGA.
November 18, 2017 governorship elections must hold peacefully, freely and fairly.
It stands to reason that APC could not have collaborated with Nnamdi Kanu to occasion a boycott of elections as alleged by Emekesiri. Only APGA can, by virtue of the benefit illustrated above, play such a card, foreseeing the Obiano disaster.
While rejecting these suppositions, not built on any parameters, we urge the IPOB family to align their views with that of Ohaaneze, maka Odinma Ndigbo (In Igbo interest).
We restate for the avoidance of doubt that on the foregoing subject,our views stand on all fours with that of Ohaneze Ndigbo who have made a historical declaration for a united Nigeria, in which Ndigbo get justice and equity , and equitable treatment as their bargain.
We remind those who have read the APC manifesto and inform those yet to, that restructuring of Nigeria from a quasi-unitary state into a new state of fiscal and true federalism remains a cornerstone of the APC manifesto, achievable in the medium term, as in the thinking of APC, all of Nigeria’s problems cannot be solved in one day.
We therefore urge Ndi Anambra to take advantage of the on-goig INEC voter registration to register en masse for those yet to do so and prepare to connect to the centre of Nigeria through their votes, as that is the only quarters from which the admittedly numerous issues plaguing Ndigbo ,aptly described as The Igbo Question, will be addressed with the understanding and cooperation of other Nigerians.
We seize the moment to restate our condemnation of the treasonable pronouncements made by a collection of faceless youth that called itself Arewa Youth asking a segment of the country to in their country by fiat and any such statements before and after that as morbid jokes carried too far and urge the security agencies in the nation to rise to their responsibility of securing the nation,as we will not support any Nigerian to move from his/her normal location except by choice.
Finally we assure all prospective voters in Anambra State that those outside the state cannot successfully interfere with the elections in our state, and as such they should gear up to vote, irrespective of whatever empty threats are in the air.
For: ALL PROGRESSIVES CONGRESS (APC), ANAMBRA STATE CHAPTER
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