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Bishop: IPOB’s sit-at-home may cost APGA victory in Anambra election

The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has flagged off its campaign for the forthcoming governorship election in Anambra State.

Rt. Rev. Funso Awe, the Bishop of the Orthodox Anglican Church, Lagos Mainland Diocese, has called on the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) not to allow the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) to lose Saturday’s governorship election in Anambra State because of the sit-at-home order in South East.

Bishop Awe, the 2019 governorship candidate of the National Conscience Party (NCP), who spoke to newsmen on Wednesday, maintained that APGA had remained the only political party of the Igbos and that if it was allowed to lose the state, it would be disastrous for the South East politically.

According to Awe, the General Secretary, Civil Conscious Initiative (CCI), Anambra had remained the homestead of the Igbos as well as their political and commercial headquarters, hence it would not be beneficial if the people allow another political party to snatch it from APGA, which had come to be associated with the race.

He stressed: “APGA has remained an Igbo party. IPOB and the Ohanaeze Ndigbo should note that if the Igbos allow Anambra to be taken by another political party, it would not be good for the people of the race.

“If they continue the sit-at-home, APC will take over Anambra State and the Igbos will be the losers in the end. Anambra is the political and business capital of the Igbos. A loss of APGA in the Anambra State election will be disastrous to Ndigbo.”

Awe stressed that the leaders APGA had produced so far in Anambra State had done well for the state, hence Ohanaeze Ndigbo should do something fast to ensure that IPOB would drop the sit-at-home order if the party must win Saturday’s Anambra governorship election.

He stressed that the IPOB should make a statement suspending the sit-at-home to enable Anambra people to come out en masse to vote freely without being afraid of their lives.

Awe maintained that both the PDP and APC had been waiting and fighting tooth and nail to take over Anambra State and that if the people of Anambra were not allowed to come out freely to exercise their franchise because of the sit-at-home, any of the other parties might capitalise on the situation and score a cheap victory over APGA.

He maintained that the Anambra people should not allow what happened in Imo State in the 2019 election to happen in their state if the Igbos should maintain their foothold in the South East and remain relevant politically.

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