The Leader of the Igbo Community in Akwa Ibom state, Elder Sunday Orie, has advised the federal government and Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) not to conduct elections in Anambra in view of the prevailing security situation in Igboland.
Speaking with newsmen in Uyo on Tuesday Orie said the spate of insecurity now in entire Igboland was not conducive for the election billed for November 8 2021 in Anambra state
Orie who is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Ugo Parker Motors in Akwa Ibom state suggested that the federal government should look into the agitation of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) through dialogue so they can have a good environment and peaceful atmosphere in whatever they want to do.
” You can’t be asking me to come for election when you know that you are using a gun to go after me. Having looked at the area, I want to say that something should be done about it.”
He further suggested that the federal government should shift the election for security reasons’
” If all your preparations are for me to come and vote and the Security Agencies are more in number than the people coming to vote, then there is a problem. These are the things that the federal government should look into before the Anambra elections. ”
He said the heavy presence of security agents in Anambra is intimidating to the people adding that free and fair elections can not be achieved in such an atmosphere.
”Yes, I am not from Anambra but Abia State. Having been the leader of the Igbo Community in Akwa Ibom state, I think I can speak for my people. And based on that, I am saying that they are having an intimidating election. This means people would not come out to vote. At the end of the day, they declared the winner of whoever they liked, not who won the election. ”
He advised the federal government to postpone the election and enter into dialogue with the leader of the Independent People of Biafra ( IPOB) for enduring peace in the region.
”What they should do is to call the attention of the IPOB leader. A man that is controlling a battalion of people should not joke with him. Ask him what he wants? Remember, whatever you can not get by begging, you can’t get it by force,” he said.