Trouble Looms If IPOB Insists Anambra Poll Won't Hold - Ïfeanyi Ubah - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Monday, September 20, 2021

Trouble Looms If IPOB Insists Anambra Poll Won't Hold - Ïfeanyi Ubah

                          •Ifeanyi Ubah

The candidate of the Young Progressives Party(YPP) in the forthcoming Anambra State Governorship Election, Ifeanyi Ubah, has warned that the State would in be trouble if the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra carries out its threat that the November 6, 2021 election won’t hold.

Ubah, who represents Anambra South in the upper legislative chamber, said Igbo leaders would talk to their brothers and children  – the IPOB people, that they should not say no election because that means imposing something something else Anambra people don’t want.

The Senator spoke on Monday in an interview with BBC Pidgin was reacting to earlier threat by the IPOB that no election would hold in the entire South-East zone (Imo, Anambra, Enugu, Ebonyi and Abia states) till it achieved its agitation for a separate country put of Nigeria. 

Scores of police stations, offices of the Independent National Electoral Commission and other government institutions had been burnt by rampaging hoodlums in the past few months. Though security agents had fingered members of IPOB’s military wing, the Eastern Security Network, as masterminds of the attacks, the proscribed group had denied the allegations.

IPOB had also threatened that the 2017 governorship election won’t hold in Anambra but the poll was conducted and the incumbent, Willie Obiano, won his re-election on the platform of the All Progressive Grand Alliance.

Commenting on the worsening security situation in Igboland and its dire implications on the November governorship election in Anambra, Ubah said: “We will talk to our brothers – the IPOB people, they should not say no election because if they say so, they will be imposing something we don’t want.

“So, we have to tell them the importance. We know they have power but let them pipe down for us to do this election because if we don’t do this election proper, there will be trouble. Anambra is the head of Igbo Nation.”

Asked the sit-at-home order by IPOB had caused Anambra, Ubah said, “You cannot estimate (it), the trauma also is so much. The truth about it is that our governors should wake up and engage with IPOB.

“It is IPOB that gave such order; talk to them, tell them that we are losing. We are agitating, we must fight for our brother but we can’t also be fighting for our brother and suffering our people.

“I believe in (the) Nigerian entity, I believe also that we, the Igbos, through the instrumentality of our state governments, can make Igbo a mini-nation inside the nation.

“We have everything as contained in the Nigerian constitution as a legitimate state, a state that can make what we want. I don’t think unless I change the name of the state; I believe that the more I get from Nigeria, I can now partner with our brothers abroad to bring the aspirations and what they want in the state.”

Ubah also noted that South-East politicians were working on a political solution to resolve the case of the detained IPOB leader.

The Daily Crucible recalls that IPOB had slammed a weekly sit-at-home order on the entire South-East geopolitical zone and order took effect on August 9, 2021.

The order according to the proscribed organisation and the members, seek to protest the continued detention of its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, who has been in the custody of the Department of State Services for over three months since June this year. 

Although, IPOB later lifted the Monday sit-at-home order, saying it would be observed any day Kanu appears in court but the last seven Mondays had turned bloody in the South-East as “unknown gunmen” attacked travellers, traders, students, and other persons who came out for normal activities

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