Why we urge boycott of Anambra governorship poll, by IPOB
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) yesterday said its determination to mobilise Biafrans to boycott the November 18, 2017 governorship election in Anambra State was to emphasise its rejection of the 1999 constitution midwifed by the General Abdulsalami Abubakar military regime.
IPOB disclosed that its Directorate of State (DOS) has resolved that since the election was predicated on Section-178 of the that constitution, “Biafrans will boycott the poll to protest our fundamental human rights not to vote.”
In a statement signed by Emma Nmezu and Clifford Chukwuemeka Iroanya, IPOB said: “The DOS notes that Decree Number 24 of the Abubakar military government, which gave birth to the 1999 constitution and its derivatives, was neither people-oriented nor generated by the citizens.
“Hence, Biafrans shall not be part of a constitution that is skewed in favour of Islam, Sharia, and overarching influence of the North as evidenced in sections 3, 8, 9, and 49.
Section 48 is directly and proportionally related and derived from Section 3(1) and Section 2 (2),” the statement added.
The group further noted that the election of Anambra State governor was irrelevant to the quest for the restoration of a sovereign state of Biafra, arguing that, “regardless of who wins or eventually becomes the governor, he or she must subscribe to Schedule seven of the constitution, which makes the governor obedient to Section 2 (1).
“Of what use will a governor be to Anambra State when he or she swears to preserve, protect and defend a fraudulent constitution, which includes Section 4 (2) and Schedule 2 (Part1) where he or she is stripped of any involvement in the security of his or her state, development of inter-state roads, seaports, airports and in the maximum use of 100 percent of revenues realised from resources located in his or her state? IPOB queried.