JUST IN: Anambra guber encounters problem as thousands of ad hoc election workers resign amid threats from IPOB
Thousands of ad hoc workers for the election of governor of Anambra state have resigned over fear of attacks by members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), online newspaper, reports SaharaReporters.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in May increased the number of voting units in Anambra state from 4,608 to 5,720 with around 10,000 ad hoc workers required for the governor’s poll.
However, despite his statement of readiness, many of those who signed up for the role have resigned.
A source said: “INEC is now short of thousands of ad hoc staff due to instructions from IPOB. Those who initially signed up have now quit en masse. “
Meanwhile, there had been a poor response from the ad hoc workers who will conduct the ballot due to the security situation in the south-eastern region, especially with the activities of the IPOB.
The group had issued a 12-day ultimatum to the federal government for the “unconditional release” of their leader, Nnamdi Kanu, failing which the election of the governor of November 6 in the state of Anambra could not hold.
IPOB, in a statement signed Sunday by its media and publicity secretary Emma Powerful, gave the federal government until November 4 to release Kanu unconditionally, or it would begin a week-long lockdown in the region starting November 5.
The group explained that the week-long home rest order, which would end on November 10, was aimed at pushing for the release of their leader whom the Nigerian government was prepared to keep in jail indefinitely for nothing. .
The statement reads: “Following the adjournment of the trial of our Grand Chief Mazi Nnamdi Kanu to November 10, 2021 by the Federal High Court in Abuja, we, the great movement and the family of the indigenous peoples of Biafra (IPOB ), would like to inform Biafras, friends of Biafra and lovers of freedom that the IPOB will lock the lands of Biafra from November 5 to 10 except Sunday November 7, the day our people worship Almighty God, Chukwu Okike Abiama, if the Nigerian government is not releasing our leader unconditionally until November 4, 2021.
“Our leader, Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu must be unconditionally released no later than November 4, 2021, as he has not committed any known breach of any law. Failure to release our leader by November 4, 2021, our one-week sit-at-home begins on November 5, 2021, until November 10.
The statement continued, “While we fully understand the pains and detrimental effects of this option on our people, we are compelled to take it to achieve a better goal in the collective interest of the Biafranais.
“We took the time to analyze what happened on October 21 when our leader was arraigned in court and discovered that the federal government is not sincere, and only wants to humiliate and keep him perpetually. under the care of the DSS to rot there.
“We have all seen how lawyers, journalists, Igbo delegates and respected traditional leaders and others who came from all over the world to attend his trial were restricted and denied access to the court premises. by security guards who kept them outside in the scorching heat. from the sun. What humiliation and wickedness!
“We can no longer accept this. We can never allow our leader Onyendu Kanu to be tried in secret, and we can never allow him to be tried under Sharia in any form as well. Nigeria must follow international law in dealing with our leader.
“Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is today in a DSS dungeon because of his passion for the independence of Biafra, and we have to sacrifice all we can for him to regain his freedom. He sacrificed so much for all of us, so we have to be prepared to sacrifice a little for him.
“Unless the federal government unconditionally releases him before November 4, we will sacrifice a week for him as a warning protest to pass on to our oppressors, that Nnamdi Kanu represents more than 70 million Biafres.
“He is innocent of all charges against him. As long as he is in detention, our individual affairs do not matter that much because he is suffering for all of us and we cannot give up on him.
While regretting the inconvenience development can cause people, he said it is a “necessary sacrifice that we must make until we have our full independence.” No person residing in the territory of Biafra is supposed to flout this directive, because that amounts to questioning the will of the population on the Biafra project.
“This week-long sit-at-home is also meant to make our oppressors understand that we are not going to tolerate any plan to torment or abandon our leader in DSS custody through a frivolous postponement. court. Any plan to subject him to trauma in detention through a long postponement while real terrorists and mass murderers are having fun across the country cannot fly.
“Nnamdi Kanu must be released because he has not committed any crime. It is not a crime to ask for a referendum so that the Biafres can decide whether or not they want to continue to be part of Nigeria. He should not suffer for seeking justice for his people.
“We have been sufficiently enslaved and caged by the Fulani-controlled Federal Government of Nigeria and its allies. If we close the lands of Biafra just for a week to guarantee our permanent freedom, the sacrifice is worth it. Everyone should prepare for this sacrifice.
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