A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Hon. Ejike Njeze, has said the vow made public by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to ensure that the forthcoming governorship election in Anambra State is boycotted unless the federal government grants its desire for a referendum is doomed to fail.
A Commander of the newly inaugurated Biafra Secret Service (BSS), Ezekwesiri Kenneth, had bragged that the governorship poll in Anambra state will only hold “over their dead bodies.”
However, in his reaction, Njeze said the misleading call for the boycott of Anambra governorship election by IPOB was akin to the death of the group, stressing that the government will do all within its powers to ensure that the election was held peacefully and rancour-free.
According to him, the tone of the threats coming from IPOB over the Anambra election indicated that the group had made plans to use violence to try to stop the lawful election.
He, however, urged IPOB to withdraw its call for the boycott of the forthcoming Anambra guber poll, warning that any attempt to halt the election in any form was sure to be resisted by security agencies.
He said: “There is no reality behind laying a claim that an individual or IPOB could halt the governorship election in Anambra state. Any attempt to stop a lawful process like an election is chasing a wild goose. It is equivalent to a young child looking at the moon and thinking that he could pluck the moon simply because he could see it.
“For me, it is clear that IPOB will attempt to use violence to try to stop a lawful process but the law-enforcement agencies will not sit-down and watch any individual or group set Anambra state ablaze. Rather than one man set the whole state ablaze, the state will set the man ablaze.
“No well-meaning and responsible Anambra person will support that call for the halting of the progress of the state through election boycott. Honestly, I don’t see the place of calling for the boycott of Anambra governorship election in the Biafra agitation.
“What Nigerians should expect is the election results because the conduct of the governorship poll is non-contestable. IPOB lacks the locus standi to halt a constitutional election of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“IPOB has given the options to the government that it is between their dead bodies and the conduct of the elections and the most realistic between the two alternatives is the latter. So, I urge them to have a rethink on the call to boycott Anambra election since it is doomed to woefully fail and also bring forth unpleasant consequences among Igbos in the Southeast.”