IPOB: We're Boycotting, Not Disrupting Anambra Poll

IPOB members demonstrate in Onitsha

He said that he had, about one month ago, provided money and other logistics needed for the smooth conduct of the election and advised unit heads to work closely with their subordinates. "Those behind this would be disappointed because we are very ready for the election".

Also, Jimoh Moshood, the Force spokesperson, warned the IPOB members not to interfere with the election process in their own interest, adding that the police would deal with them "the way an outlawed group should be dealt with".

"INEC will be holding two elections in Anambra State on November 18, the governorship election and the state assembly election for Idemili North state constituency".

The Federal Government has called on eligible voters in Anambra Sate to disregard threats by the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and turn out to exercise their franchise during Saturday's governorship polls. No armed security personnel will be allowed within the polling units.

In addition, other security and safety agencies, which are members of Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES) in the state are also deployed to complement the Police.

"They are to provide adequate security for the electorate, INEC officials, election materials, election observers and other individuals and bodies that have statutory roles in the conduct of the election, at the polling booths, collation centers, and INEC offices in Anambra State throughout the period of the election", stated the Police. "This Anambra election boycott will give our agitation unprecedented global momentum that would move world leaders to accept the inevitable democratic and peaceful break-up of Nigeria".

"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".

Meanwhile, the INEC has scheduled a meeting with all the candidates for the November 18 governorship election in Anambra State for tomorrow in Awka.

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The coalition also urged all security agents on election duty in the state to be properly tagged with conspicuously displayed and worn names and code numbers.

"Anybody insisting that there won't be election in Anambra State is an enemy of the people".

The party said that it wishes to "advise all purveyors of electoral malfeasance and brigandage who are neck-deep and hell-bent on rigging the election to have a rethink, repent and jettison the unwholesome, diabolical and untenable idea".

"All of us ran away when somebody said it was a bomb".

APGA said that with level of political consciousness in Anambra State such antics of undemocratic elements will not be tolerated by the People.

"It is therefore imperative that the Nigerian government desists from using force and militarising the state to avoid low voter turn out and also to avoid violence or a faceoff with the IPOB secessionist movement", the report said.

They said, "We want the federal government to produce Nnamdi Kanu with immediate effect or there will be no peace".