IPOB: We're Boycotting, Not Disrupting Anambra Poll

ANAMBRA 2018 Police others battle ready as IPOB threatens voters

The warning came just as the National Orientation Agency (NOA) called on the electorate to disregard threats by the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and turn out to exercise their franchise at the polls.

According to him, "Whether you vote or not, it does not change anything".

"Let this election be conducted once and for all so that that we can rest". Willie Obiano, on the other hand, is working hand in hand with Gov. Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State to bring in Northern youths resident in the state into Anambra to vote for Willie Obiano as a reward for signing up to the war against IPOB.

The statement reads in parts: "It is imperative for all, especially those residing outside the borders of Biafraland, to make contact with their respective families at home, to convey the reason why every Biafran should boycott all future Nigerian elections, including this upcoming Anambra State governorship, scheduled for next week Saturday".

"Also, no security operative or agent should be allowed to check vehicle papers on Election Day in Anambra State, and INEC must ensure that each of the 4,608 polling booths in the state is supplied with three functional and fully charged card readers so as to speed off the voting process and decongest the polling booths", the statement read. No armed security personnel will be allowed within the polling units.

The report further pointed out that a successful election boycott by the IPOB poses extreme danger to the Federal Government and national politics as it will boost the confidence of secessionists and 'facilitate referendum for Biafra Republic.' It said this will equally trigger the drive for other ethnic groups or sections of the country to toe the same line.

In another development, ahead of the November 18 Anambra State governorship election, President of the court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Adamu-Bulkachwa, has constituted an Election Petition Tribunal for the state.

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"There are many people out there working seriously to see that the commission fails in its commitment to recording free, fair and credible election and you must have this in mind".

"There are already a number of disgruntled citizens in Anambra State who believe that IPOB has singled their state as a guinea pig that will make them the only Igbo state without an elected governor in the South-east".

This was disclosed in a statement by Mr. Jimoh Moshood, Force Public Relations Officer.

It also warned against those who are out to undermine the emergence of the popular choice of the Anambra People and to invalidate the genuine outcome of the election.

"Assurances by security agencies only represent necessary first steps".

"We are in Onitsha to tell the Federal Government to produce Kanu. Armed Police detachments on patrol vehicles are going to patrol the streets and other locations throughout the state to prevent crime and intervene to quell any violence that may occur during the election", the statement further said.

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