Biafra agitation: IPOB calls for boycott of gubernatorial polls

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This, it explained, is because the unions could mobilise vigilante groups in their various communities to checkmate the activities of the IPOB during the governorship election since Anambra State has one of the strongest density of vigilante groups in the South-east.

Members of pro-Biafra group Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) have called for a boycott of gubernatorial elections in the Nigerian state of Anambra. However, the recently proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has asked the electorate in the state to boycott the election, threatning that anyone who votes in the election will "die".

According to him, "Whether you vote or not, it does not change anything". Don't go out, stay in your house.

"Four policemen are deployed to each polling unit along with personnel of other security and safety agencies", the statement read. Come vote and die.

It called on traditional rulers, president-generals of town unions, the police, INEC and other stakeholders to address the issue and allay the fears of voters before the election day.

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The statement also declared that Commissioners of Police and personnel in the states contiguous to Anambra State have been put on red-alert not to allow an influx of miscreants and thugs into Anambra State.

It noted that flooding Anambra State with battalions of armed security operatives, supported with military tanks, arms and ammunitions, would scare residents away from performing their constitutional right of voting.

"We are in Onitsha to tell the Federal Government to produce Kanu".

"Apart from over 21,000 armed police personnel being deployed for the poll as announced by the Nigeria Police authorities via the Anambra CP, Garuba Umaru, there are also 10,000 armed soldiers, 5,000 armed naval personnel and 3,000 armed air force personnel".

The group said instead of watching out for disturbances from IPOB, Anambra people should better be careful of security agents who have been dispatched to the state to kill and maim its citizens.

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"What this means is that the election would hold in many LGAs but it may witness poor voter turnout in the strongholds of IPOB in areas such as Ogbaru, Onitsha North and South, Oyi, and Idemili North and South", it said.

"Anybody doubting the resolve of IPOB under the supreme command of Nnamdi Kanu is mistaken". No free and fair elections have ever been conducted in Nigeria's history, so Anambra State can not be an exception.

Meanwhile, APGA has urged (INEC), security agencies and other federal government establishments, who will be on election duty during the governorship election to be above board, non-partisan and ensure that the electoral guidelines, rules and regulations are strictly adhered to.

The Independent National Electoral Commission, in Anambra was reportedly thrown into pandemonium on Monday following an alleged discovery of a substance suspected to be a bomb.

No fewer than thirty-five political parties will be participating in Saturday's gubernatorial election.

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