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BIAFRA: IPOB threat empty, elections to continue in S’East – INEC

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said threats by pro-Biafran groups would not stop it from continuing to conduct elections in the South-East.

This position was revealed on Tuesday by the INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, Enugu State, Mr. Emeka Ononamadu, who addressed journalists in Enugu.

He described calls for boycott of the Anambra State governorship election and other polls in the South- East as counter-productive but insisted that the electoral body was not bothered by the threat.

Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), had only weeks ago vowed that the November 18 governorship poll in Anambra State, and future elections in the South-East, would not be allowed to hold unless the Federal Government agreed to the group’s demand for a referendum in the region.

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Onanamadu, while reviewing the Continuous Voter Registration in Enugu, was asked if the pro-Biafran groups had made efforts to stop people from registering to vote in coming elections.

He said that INEC was not aware of any practical attempts by the secessionists to disrupt the exercise, but noted that even if IPOB made good its threat to stop its members from voting, elections would still take place and winners would be declared.

He stressed that it would not be possible for IPOB to stop people from voting as the political parties were expected to mobilise their members to vote.

Asked if the boycott threat had affected the voter registration exercise, the REC stated, “I don’t think that we have such a challenge here in Enugu.

“However, I will say that, no matter the agitation, elections are crucial to the government and people must come out to vote; somebody must be declared winner and INEC is there to do that.

“INEC has no business with calls for secession or boycott; our mandate is to conduct elections to fill certain positions.

“At the end of the day, Enugu must have a governor in 2019, whether it is just one person that manages to come out to vote.”

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  1. Anita Kingsley

    July 26, 2017 at 10:23 am

    I’m sure everyone heard about what happened during the stay at home protest. We won’t have to go to the streets with cutlasses, sticks and marchers before we distrupt the election, what we’ll do is simple, just watch out. No election is what Kanu says and that’s final!

    • Animashaun Ayodeji

      July 26, 2017 at 10:25 am

      To hell with you and Kanu and that’s final! Biafra agitators should be careful of whatever distraction they are planing to cause on the day of election, most of you will spend the rest of your lives in jail.

  2. Abeni Adebisi

    July 26, 2017 at 10:27 am

    No point warning Kanu and his disciples anymore. Who ever that’s not interested in voting should sit down in his/her house, the votes of those who vote will count and would be used for final result.

  3. yanju omotodun

    July 26, 2017 at 11:28 am

    Joker! Joker!! Joker!!! Kanu and his IPOB are jokers , whether they sit at home during election, those that will come out to vote will still do such. So even if two people vote on that day, they count it and declare the winner

    • JOHNSON PETER

      July 26, 2017 at 11:54 am

      We shall see if kanu is a joker or not. Till then. No election and that settle it all. It’s Biafra or else, warrrrr

    • seyi jelili

      July 26, 2017 at 1:32 pm

      I trust igbos, they won’t joke with election, so expect good turn out even so called Kanu might vote secretly. I even think his problem is to be abia state governor

  4. Oise Oikelomen

    July 26, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    There is no wisdom in Kanu’s no election declaration. APC will use Federal might to mobilize heavily for the elections, IPOB faithfuls will stay at home, the elections will hold anyway, very likely with lower turn out than expected, and APC will have a field day claiming more SE states because their opposition is sitting at home in obedience to their “Supreme Leader”. Is this what Kanu wants??

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