As the February 16 day of the Nigeria general elections draws closer, a faction of Ohanaeze Ndigbo has called on the people of the Southeast region to come out in massive numbers to vote for their next president.
The group also urged Ndigbo to ignore the sit-at-home election boycott order by the leader of the indigenous peoples of Biafra, IPOB, mazi nnamdi Kanu.
In a press statement issued by the group’s spokesperson, Prince Erondu Uche, it reads;
“After a critical analysis of the importance of the 2019 election to the Igbo nation, the Southwest executive council of Ohanaeze Southwest (SWEC) decided to meet to ensure that all eligible Igbo indigenes, who have their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs), participate actively in the elections.
“The marginalisation and unfair treatment meted to Ndigbo since the civil war has gotten to the peak where even gods weep for Ndigbo. The Federal Government has mercilessly dealt with the Igbo all these years.
“The only federal presence felt in Igbo land is that of Law enforcement agents. The agitations going on in every part of the country is because of our leader’s failure to unite the country.
“This marginalisation and exclusion from power can only be corrected when we all use our PVCs wisely. IPOB’s call to boycott the elections is unacceptable, and is targeted at increasing the sufferings of Ndigbo.
“We, therefore, call on Igbo to disregard the call by IPOB to be disfranchised. Our failure to use our PVCs to decide who rules Nigeria will bring more sufferings to our people. We encourage all Igbo to vote in the elections.”
IPOB has categorically stated that it will boycott the upcoming election unless its demands are met. It warned that those going to vote in the already rigged election are only renewing their suffering with their PVC.
IPOB also had declared the election day day as the day of referendum for the indigenous peoples of Biafra.
Earlier today the leader of the group, Mazi Nnamdi kanu took to his twitter handle to say that “as long as Nigeria remain yoked to the 1999 constitution written by the half-baked Fulani military dictators, the benefits of democracy can never be attained through the ballot box.
This was an inescapable fact which even the most intellectually impoverished Nigerian cannot deny.