Monday, 10 July 2017

APC slams APGA, IPOB over election boycott

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By Okechukwu Onuegbu

The All Progressive Congress (APC), Anambra State chapter has slammed the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) for purportedly boycotting the state November 18 gubernatorial poll, and All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) for saying that the act would favour it (APC).

The party, while maintaining that it was against election boycott as it already knew that it would emerge victorious once the poll is free and fair, refuted one Barr Emeka Emekesiri’s claim that in the event of a boycott, a state of emergency shall be declared and the Federal Government will appoint a Sole Administrator for Anambra.

APC, which reacted through a press release signed by its state Publicity Secretary, Okelo Madukaife, posited that the statement accredited to Nnamdi Kanu’s led IPOB “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 called Chief Willie Obiano, an imposition made against real numbers.

“We are urging Anambra voters 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, propounded that a boycott will favour our great party, and provocatively, alleged collaboration between our party and Mr Kanu.

“We disagree with Emekesiri for claiming that an election boycott would favour us and for linking us with IPOB. It is an impeachable lie generated from Anambra State Government House, Awka. According to the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended, in an 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 the 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. November 18, 2017 governorship elections must hold peacefully, freely
and fairly.

“There is nowhere APC could collaborate 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 Obiano’s 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.”



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