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CSOs seek delisting of APC, Uba from Anambra guber race

By Charles Ogugbuaja (Owerri) and Osiberoha Osibe (Awka)
25 October 2021   |   3:04 am
A Coalition of civil society organisations in Anambra State has dismissed the posturing of candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the November 6, 2021, gubernatorial election in Anambra State, Andy Uba.

Andy Uba

Ohanaeze youths begin consultation with IPOB, stakeholders

A Coalition of civil society organisations in Anambra State has dismissed the posturing of candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the November 6, 2021, gubernatorial election in Anambra State, Andy Uba.

A statement by the coalition signed by its Public Affairs and Social Mobilisation Director, Dr. Vincent Obiatuegbu, a copy of which was made available to The Guardian, yesterday, stated that the APC and its candidate should be delisted from the list published by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The statement also corroborated official reports by INEC and the Department of State Services (DSS) on the supposed APC congress in Anambra State last June 23, stressing that there was no primary election in the state, which Uba or any of the 14 governorship aspirants could have won.

MEANWHILE, to avert the likely disruptions to be encountered during the November 6, 2021 governorship election in Anambra State, the youth wing of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide has commenced the process of consulting with the leadership of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), the Acting Youth Leader of the organisation, Onwuasanya F. C. C. Jones, has disclosed.

Jones, while briefing journalists in Owerri, at the weekend, said the youths decided to engage the IPOB as a critical group not to toy with, stressing the need for the separatist group not to make good the threat of ordering a five-day sit-at-home.

The acting youth leader said the youths had also started dialoguing with other stakeholders stressing: “I believe that this Anambra election can afford the IPOB an opportunity to effectively take over Anambra by endorsing a candidate and coming out to vote for that candidate and ensuring that their votes count. I want to believe that the number of IPOB is significant enough to swing the election result. But boycotting the election or taking any action aimed at disrupting the election might lead to an unpopular candidate emerging as governor of Anambra State. It can even enhance the chances of the Federal Government imposing its candidate on the people of Anambra.”

He also said the Ohanaeze youths were embarking on a statewide tour to sensitise Anambra people on the need to embrace peace during the period.

“Consultation is ongoing with major stakeholders, including the candidates. Yesterday, we had a consultative meeting with Dr. Valentine Ozigbo and we are scheduled to meet other candidates, INEC, heads of security agencies in the state, youth and union leaders, IPOB representatives and the governor of Anambra State, Willie Obiano. Our mission is to prevail on them to ensure that the elections are peaceful, free and fair. We are also appealing to them to run issue-based campaigns, especially in this last lap of the elections,” Jones concluded.