Ahead of Saturday’s Anambra State governorship election, some Igbo leaders have called for immediate halt to violence and hostilities in the state and also for a peaceful conduct of the election.
A former Aviation Minister, Chief Osita Chidoka; Senate Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe and Law Professor and activist, Dr. Sam Amadi made the call on Thursday during a webinar organized and anchored by Chidoka.
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The online meeting was to evolve practical ways to push through the agitation of the southeast people, particularly within the context of the Anambra governorship election.
The trio urged the various agitation groups in the region to help the cause of development by asking Anambra people to come out and choose the leader that approximate to the type of personality they would like to represent Ndi Igbo in their agitations and yearnings as a people.
Participants in the discussion said that such a position by the groups would strengthen the demand for political solutions and engagements towards the release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
They said, “The people should be allowed to vote. The act of Ndi Anambra voting on Saturday is a major part of the affirmation of our self-determination as a people.
“If the people cannot decide who will govern them through an election, they are not close to determining their future through a democratic process. Denying the people, the right to vote is a major denial of their rights to self-determination.”
The trio insist that the agitation of the southeast is better realized when the movement participate in the political process and throw up political leaders who share the vision and aspiration of the people and that election boycott will destroy that possibility.
“When the people elect a leadership that represents their hopes and aspirations, they are in a position to pursue the people’s agenda more effectively. Whatever is the plan, it has to go through a political process; if you have governors and legislators who share in the vision, it would be easier to realize such vision,” they said.
Abaribe said Nnamdi Kanu would have languished in prison if he was not a Senator and ready to meet the bail condition that required a Senator to stand surety, thus one has to be in the game to score a goal.
On the “sit-at-home, directive, the leaders lamented that such is already taking significant toll on the economy and general well being of the people of the southeast region.
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