Igbo Congress condemns Presidential/NASS elections
The Executive of World Igbo Congress has declared that the yawning disparity between collated numbers at polling stations and those declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Abuja makes the just concluded elections ‘a sham of the worst order.’
The body said the exercise was a brazen subversion of the people’s will, and as such, views the future of Nigeria and the Igbo with great concern.
In a statement released and signed by Basil Onwukwe, Public Relations Officer, yesterday, the group said: “Members of World Igbo Congress stand with Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo, the ADF and all well-meaning Igbo groups and individuals in condemning the brazen distortions and manipulations of the ballot by INEC, under the auspices of the incumbent government in Nigeria, backed by all the trappings and paraphernalia of security and law enforcement services.
“We equally condemn all the Igbo people in positions of authority who colluded with Nigerian government to perpetrate and visit this electoral fraud on our people. It is evidently clear that the government worked hard to subvert the majority will of the people.”
Lauding all Igbos that voted in the last election, the body condemned alleged acts of vandalism, carnage and brigandage perpetrated against Ndi Igbos in Rivers State, Igbo strongholds in Lagos and other parts.
It called on government to step in and ensure that the safety of its citizens guaranteed under the law is extended to Ndi Igbo wherever they reside.
Urging Igbos to remain strong, patient and vigilant, the body canvassed calm and restraint.