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Anambra Election Boycott: Why Kanu May be Right - by Hon Chudi Offodile

Hon Chudi Offodile
By Hon Chudi Offodile

The President General of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Chief John Nnia Nwodo recently issued a ‘countermand’ to the order of Nnamdi Kanu, the Leader of the Indigenous People Of Biafra [IPOB] calling for the boycott of the forthcoming governorship election in Anambra State.

The South East governor’s forum and other elected representatives have also joined in the pushback against the boycott order. The All Progressive Grand Alliance [APGA] took it a bit further by launching vitriolic attacks on Kanu for daring to make such a call.

I do not subscribe to the idea of a boycott of the governorship election this November or of the 2019 general elections but it is important that we do not rush to condemn the call for boycott without examining very carefully the desperation of certain political office seekers representing external interests and the preparedness and neutrality of INEC and security forces or the lack of it.

I have observed a curious pattern of deployment of INEC officials to take charge of sensitive positions in Anambra state ahead of the November governorship election.

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Some of the officers moved to Anambra State had earlier been indicted for electoral offences in the past. Someone may have decided that their “expertise” is required for the November election.

The need to have a free, fair and peaceful election should be the focus of all well-meaning citizens and the political parties participating in the election.

Unless the institutions tasked with ensuring credible elections provide clear templates to guarantee fair polls, some of those condemning Kanu today may be the ones championing the calls for boycott tomorrow.

Hon Chudi Offodile | This post first appeared on (Sun Newspaper 20th July, Page 9)


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