Friday, November 29, 2013

THINGS FALL APART: Igbo youths, students demand cancellation of Anambra governorship election

The Ezumezu Umu-Okoro-Igbo in conjunction with the National Parliament of Igbo Students and National Youths Assembly of Nigeria, Anambra State Chapter, have called on the National Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof. Attahiru Jega to cancel the Anambra state governorship election which it declared inconclusive. The groups in a joint press briefing in Enugu, Wednesday, said that a square peg was placed in a round hole on the day of election in Anambra State, on November 16. The statement read in full: “Today, the 25th day of November, 2013. We the Ezumezu Umu-Okoro-Igbo in conjunction with the National Parliament of Igbo students and National Youths Assembly of Nigeria (Anambra State Chapter) jointly state as follows: that a square peg was placed in a round hole on the day of elec tion in Anambra State 16th November, 2013. “There was no proper monitoring and what we expected from Prof. Attahiru Jega and INEC was a result and not excuses. We expected that the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega should have been present in Anambra State to monitor the Election. Following the points made by distinguished delegates of this conference concerning the election that has generated much criticism voters’ names were missing in the register, an anomaly that the electoral body has been held responsible for. “We also make bold to say that INEC failed to conduct a mass enlightenment of the general public of their activities such as awareness that electorates were to check the register for claims and objectives, that the manual register wouldn’t be used for accreditation of the electorates etc. “INEC only partnered with political parties concerning the checking of the voters register without throwing the same opportunity to the entire electorates. Students are not members of political

parties and shouldn’t be disenfranchised. They have the right to cross check the register which has led to this state of “Nkagbuism” following the fact that the election did not meet compliance standard”. It continued that “Since INEC is till investigating the anomaly that happened on the 16th of November, 2013, the conduction of a supplementary election is not the best option at all. Investigations must be concluded and culprits brought to book before any further actions. “In Idemili North LGA, Idemili South LGA, Ihiala Local Government were the worst hinted areas by the electoral malfeasance. These areas have 377,875 registered voters of the total 1,784,536 registered voters in Anambra State. “Our call for the cancellation of the election is reinforced by the public admittance by Prof. Attahiru Jega, that some INEC staff sabotaged the conduct of election. A total cancellation of the election, proper enlightenment of the electorates and proper monitoring of the election by Prof. Attahiru Jega would be more appropriate decision to take at the moment. “If the election is not cancelled, there will be a legal process after the said would be held supplementary election which we are not in support of and will stand tall to resist at all cost. “Anambra State is an Igbo State and we can not cross our hands and watch her political life die. We call for the total cancellation of the election. “Posterity, our Ancestors and the unborn generation of Igbo youths and students will lay ambush on Prof. Jega and his team if they fail to hear and act on our deposition”. The statement was signed by Comr. Samuel God’stime chukwubuikem, for Ezumezu Umu-Okoro Igbo, Comr. Chinomso Florence Thomas, for National Parliament of Igbo Students, Comr. Chukwunekwu Udo Chukwunekwu, for National Youth Assembly of Nigeria (Anambra State Chapter) and Comr. James Eze for National Association of Anambra State Students.

Via: DailyPost Nigeria

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