Ohaneze Ndi Igbo Faults Kanu over Boycott of Anambra Elections
The president General Ohaneze Ndi Igbo, the apex-Igbo socio-cultural Oganization, Chief John Nnia Nwodo has faulted the declaration of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), over his declaration that there would be no elections in Anambra state this November if the Federal Government of Nigeria does not agree with it on the date for referendum.
Chief Nwodo, who with the national leaders of the Organisation, paid a visit to the Anambra State House of Assembly warned that groups should not take upon themselves, the supreme leadership of Igboland.
Inasmuch as the Igbos were obviously being marginalized in the current set up of the country, he said, the Igbos were still an integral part of the country. He maintained that while the Igbos seek redress for the injustices they suffer in the country, a more civil approach should be employed in pursuing that.
In his answers to the questions raised by journalists in the meeting, Chief Nwodo chided the IPOB leader for making unguarded statements as regards the State Governorship elections of Anambra State which holds on November, 2017 which the latter said will not take place.
“I have given them credit where they deserve credit but they are going one step too far. Under our Law, INCE is a creation of our state. It has been charged with the responsibility for elections. You all have fixed tenures”
“When the governor finishes his tenure, the law provides that there must be fresh election. It is the question of the decision of Anambra people whether they want him to come back or whether they want somebody else to rule them”
“Now, in any event, instead of turning the fight against the core of Nigeria that represses us, we turned the fight against ourselves.”
“The election when it will be held here, are we going to elect the Northerners to come and rule Anambra State?”
“This is a needless division”
He maintained that since the news of the election boycott had gone public, he had no choice to go public in order to let “our people” know that this does not reflect values of Ndi Igbo.
“I have discussion with him and one of the undertakings he took in front of me was Anambra. He has breached his undertaking. And he has breached it publicly without consulting me. I don’t have a choice but to do what I have to do. I am not scolding him; I am calling him to order”
“I am just being paternal. In the same way I call them my children, I have a right to tell them they are going out of the way”
He maintained that the elections will bring progress to the people of Anambra and the Igbos in general.