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Anambra election: CSOs condemns IPOB sit-at-home order

A protestor gestures as he takes part in a demonstration in Durban, South Africa, on May 30, 2019 during a Freedom March for Biafra held worldwide and organised by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to mark the anniversary of the unilateral declaration of independence in 1967 that sparked a brutal 30-month civil war in Nigeria. (Photo AFP)

A Coalition of Civil Society Organizations in South East has condemned the sit-at-home order issued by the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) ahead of the Anambra State governorship election.

Addressing a press conference in Enugu on Sunday under the aegis of International Society For Civil Liberties & Rule Of Law Assisted By Leaders Of Southeast CLO & Coalition Of Southeast Democracy & Human Rights Organizations, Emeka Umeagbalasi, Board Chairman called on IPOB to suspend the sit at home with immediate effect.

He said the sit at home will not only cause more hardship to the people but might push the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency in Anambra state.

He called on the Federal Government to release the leader of IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu And End Violent Crackdowns Against Agitators adding that the Nigerian Government must free Nnamdi Kanu and end all forms of violent crackdowns

Speaking on the Anambra election slated for 6th November 2021, Umeagbalasi said the election, if popularly conducted and won will also ensure the safety of the electoral mandate of the majority of the Anambra voters and the loyalty and allegiance of the winner to the Anambra People as well as security and safety of their faiths, boundaries and territories.

“To allow the Election to be massively and scientifically rigged or to be stopped will be disastrous,” He thereby appealed for the Anambra electorate to be allowed to exercise their franchise.

“It is our strong appeal for Anambra voters to be allowed to participate in the Nov 6 Governorship Election and be protected to vote the candidate of their choice so as to avoid the repeat of what happened and is still happening in Imo State,” he said

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