Igbo National Predicament and the 2019 General Elections in Nigeria

1. They say it is never over until it is over.

Political Struggle is never based on the outcome of any one political event.

Ndigbo are a nation in quest of self-determination and freedom in the artificial Nigerian Federation in which they have been held in bondage since the Amalgamation of 1914.

2. This struggle is not predicated on the outcome of the 2019 General Elections. From our experience in the Nigerian Federation. it was obvious that the outcome of the elections will underscore the reasons for our struggle and our rejection of the artificial Federation

3. The 2019 General Election in Nigeria has so far clearly demonstrated a high level of Igbo national unity and solidarity.

We spoke through the ballot that we are one, one people one nation – from Abakaliki and Afigbo in Ebonyi State to Nsukka, Udi in Enugu State; from Awka, Nnewi and Onitsha in Anambra State to the entire Anioma Igbos in Delta State, from Anioma to Owerri, Oguta and Egbema in Imo State; from Elele, Ikwere and Port Harcourt in Rivers State; from Port Harcourt to Aba, Umuahia in Abia State, etc, etc. It does not matter that our votes were deliberately reduced to less than half of its strength. We have demonstrated and affirmed the reality and autonomy of our region.

We have also once more shown the world that Ndigbo have strong historical and political ties with our neighbors – the Okrika, Ijaw, Ibibio and Efik in .Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Cross River States.

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Recent events in the Nigerian Federation have underscored the artificiality of the Federation and the bondage in which various nations within it are held and subjugated. The Yoruba nation, the Tiv nation, the Edo nation, the Southern Kaduna, the Kanuris, the Ijaws, the Efik, Ibibio, etc, All are now singing the same song – longing form freedom and self-determination.

4. Was it Right for Ndigbo to have participated in the Elections, knowing that it would be rigged?

Our answer is definitely YES! We say yes to our brothers and sisters who think otherwise as well as to the Internet warriors, political magicians and those whom we may call critical critics in our midst, who would want us to do otherwise. We are happy that at the last moment all the major stakeholders, pan-Igbo organizations and pro-Biafra groups in Alaigbo, all agreed we should participate.

5. If we failed to participate, we shall have no political, legal or even moral right to question the manner in which the elections were organized or the outcome of the elections.

6. On the other hand, the scandalous manner in which the outcome of the election was programmed in advance provides us and other aggrieved neighbors a very strong impetus to continue our struggle for self-determination and freedom.

7. The fact that we participated has further justified our case that there is no democratic path to resolving the crises of unity and freedom within the Nigerian Federation.

8. The world is watching and the manner and outcome of the elections definitely arouse the disgust of those that have moral conscience. Already they feel repulsed by what has taken place in the name of elections and democracy.

9. President Buhari and his Fulani kinsmen have now shown the world –

– why they went after the Legislature hounding its leadership from pillar to post,

– why they seized the security apparatus of the state,

– why they went after the judiciary and destroyed its leadership.

– Why they took the Electoral Commission under its control.

– Why the control of the DSS, EFCC, the Police, etc, are now controlled by the Fulani and their minions, etc, etc.

10. What has taken place is no election. The various ways it has been rigged are too obvious-

– Use of the security forces to intimidate opponents

– Use of the compromised card reader.

– Why the card reader was used in only in the South.

– Why in the North they manually filled and thump-printed the ballot papers.

– Disenfranchisement of voters through the use of thugs to prevent them from getting to the voting centers

– Use of thugs to snatch ballot boxes and destroy ballots and ballot boxes and other election materials,

– Abduction of election officers and forcing them to declare APC candidates as winners

– Use of wrong voters’ registers to ensure that opposition voters names are missing and thereby disenfranchising them.

– Use of security men and thugs to attack and kill voters.

11. It is clear that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) won the Presidential election. The PDP should immediately publish the results from the various collation centers for the world to see the extent of reckless impunity displayed by the President and his men in order to remain in power against the will of the people.

12. We urge all lovers of freedom in the South-South, South-East, South West, Middle Belt, Southern Kaduna and other areas to support Alhaji Atiku Abubakar in the quest to reclaim the mandate given to him by the people to govern.

13. We urge Ndigbo not to allow anything to affect their resolve and continue to take part in the other elections.

14. Finally, we must avoid Egbe onu, tigbuo sogbuo and other form of emotional outburst,

15. . Knowing our character and history, Ndigbo would rather die than be slaves to any other nation or nations! The world is aware of the historic Igbo Landing at Dunbar Creek on St. Simons Island, Glynn County, Georgia, USA in 1803. It was here that fourteen fellow Igbo brothers, under chains, held their hands and drowned themselves in a mass suicide rather than become slaves to other people.

Or again, we may recall the case of Igbo young men, already trapped as slaves, who organized the rebellion in Haiti that led to the defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte, facts that were not lost on the British in their activities against Ndigbo in Nigeria. That Revolution in Haiti, which started on 22 August 1791, lasted till 1804, ending French colonial rule in Saint Dominique, now the Sovereign State of Haiti. That historic event is now widely seen as “a defining moment in the history of racism in the Atlantic World”

We do not need to add the Women Resistance movement against British Rule in Nigeria 1929, which led to a radical redefinition of colonial rule in Nigeria and elsewhere.

From the above, the message to Ndigbo at his moment is clear

We must not surrender to the forces that wish to enslave us, destroy our Civilization and our Christian religious faith.

Prof. Uzodinma Nwala (ADF President)

Prof. Nath Aniekwu (ADF Secretary),

February 26, 2019

Press Release:INEC Must Follow its Own Rules and Guidelines – Abia Govt

We have received reports of plans to disenfranchise a large population of Abia North voters, especially at Nkporo in Ohafia Local Government Area, Bende and Arochukwu in Arochukwu Local Government Area by awarding undeserved victory to one of the contestants in yesterday’s Senatorial election.

This plan sponsored by desperate All Progressives Congress (APC) leaders in cahoot with rogue INEC ad hoc staff, if implemented, will make nonsense of elections as expression of the popular will of the people through the ballot and, hence, is unacceptable to Abia voters who braved the barrage of intimidation code named “federal might” to come out and exercise their civic rights yesterday.

We wish to call on INEC to collate and declare the full result from all the units in Nkporo Local Government, Arochukwu, and avoid falling prey to the plan of APC to subvert the will of the people of Abia North Senatorial zone.

For the sake of argument, even if there are cogent reasons to cancel results from some units, according to INEC’s published guideline for 2019 polls, that should render the outcome inconclusive and a fresh election conducted in the affected locations.

We wish to note that the total number of registered voters in the affected area of Nkporo, for instance, is 21, 360 and so far the officially collated results indicate that no Senatorial candidate is leading with up to that margin. Same applies to Bende local government area result for the senate and federal House of Representatives.

INEC authorities are therefore called upon to follow their own rules in collating and declaring the Abia North Senatorial and other results to reassure voters that the previous reports of collusion with one of the candidates to rig the poll is not true.

Chief John Okiyi Kalu
Honorable Commissioner For Information, Abia State
24/2/19

ENUGU EAST SENATORIAL ELECTIONS: Declare Results Based on Card Reader or Cancel It, Prince Lawrence Ezeh Asks INEC

Candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the Enugu East Senatorial zone, Prince Engineer Lawrence Ezeh has asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to rely on the figures collated from the card readers to declare the results for the Saturday 23rd February elections or outrightly cancel the elections.

Ezeh stated this in a petition addressed to the INEC where he accused the People’s Democratic Party in Enugu state, the state government and certain local government chairmen/political appointees of the state government of heavy involvement in rigging of the polls.

The engineer described the elections as “a dawn to dusk electoral robbery and reckless manipulation/inflation of votes and figures in the various polling units where ballot boxes/papers were snatched and figures inflated massively in obvious contradiction of the genuine and accurate figures contained in the card readers by the hired thugs and serving political office holders of the PDP in Enugu State”.

He equally affirmed that this is not a true reflection of the wishes and aspirations of the people of the Senatorial zone, and that the call became necessary to avoid the eruption of “avoidable anarchy and total breakdown of law and public peace, should the compromised results be mistakenly or deliberately declared”.

In his account of what happened, Ezeh accused the PDP of using hired thugs and political appointees to “brazenly snatch ballot boxes and papers,…and drove themselves in branded private security vehicles across local governments,..and snatched ballot boxes and papers to secret locations where they quartered their hired agents who thumb-printed on the ballot papers”.

Specifically giving the names of one Mr Freedom Nnam (deputy chairman of Enugu East LGA) and one Mr Patrick Okoh(state youth leader of PDP), Ezeh said the thumb printers unfortunately, could not match their activities with intelligence, as the figures they generated were over bloated and cannot be reconciled with the accredited figures in the card reader machine. He also accused them of threatening to brutalize the handlers of the card readers, after failing to induce them to compromise the actual figures in the card readers, which reflects the actual number of accredited voters.

According to the petition, with the connivance of a few security personnel, the PDP forced INEC officials from the various polling units or ward collation centres to move to local government headquarters across the zone where they threw caution to the wind, and chased away APC agents.

He implored the INEC to, without further delay, reject whatever figures were generated from the ballot papers as this does not reflect the votes cast in the zone.

Further, the document mentioned Enugu East and Isi Uzo Local Governments as areas where voters were chased away by thugs on the instructions of the PDP state chairman, Mr Nnamani. This according to him, is because the said voters refused to succumb to the temptation of monetary inducement by the PDP.

He further said that “one can hardly exhaust the accounts of fundamental electoral irregularities that has befallen the conduct of the Enugu East Senatorial zone. Incidentally, the result is yet to be announced, and can hardly be announced at this stage in view of the overbearing criminal activities of the employees and agents of the PDP which is the ruling party in Enugu State.

“We call on you at this moment to rise to the occasion and openly defend our electoral jurisprudence and the independence of your institution, the INEC by accepting the only thing that is most noble at this stage, which is outright cancellation of the entire electoral process or declaration of the only result solely generated in the card readers if need be. This is exactly what has been done in other federating states of our country where similar issues arose. We are ready to come up with more documentary evidence on demand by your office”, Ezeh said.

BREAKING: Enugu APC accuses INEC, Security of colluding with PDP to rig polls, demands for cancellation

The Enugu State chapter of the All Progressive Congress (APC) has accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of colluding with the security agencies to rig the presidential and national assembly elections for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.

The part led by its chairman, Dr Ben Nwoye led a team of its candidates to the INEC office in the state where they submitted a petition.

Addressing journalists, Dr Mrs Juliet Ibekaku who is the Senatorial candidate for Enugu West Senatorial zone expressed disappointment in the electoral body and security, and demanded that the elections be cancelled as the results were not a true reflection of the elections.

She equally said there was massive vote buying in the state, and revealed that collation of results were currently ongoing in all the local government offices in the state, whereas collation was supposed to be done at INEC Collation Centres.

Also present include Dr Ben Nwoye(party chairman), Prince Lawrence Ezeh (Enugu East Senatorial zone candidate), and Chief VinMartin Ilo (Enugu North Senatorial Zone candidate) , among others.

More details later.

BREAKING: Enugu APC accuses INEC, Security of colluding with PDP to rig polls, demands for cancellation

The Enugu State chapter of the All Progressive Congress (APC) has accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of colluding with the security agencies to rig the presidential and national assembly elections for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.

The part led by its chairman, Dr Ben Nwoye led a team of its candidates to the INEC office in the state where they submitted a petition.

Addressing journalists, Dr Mrs Juliet Ibekaku who is the Senatorial candidate for Enugu West Senatorial zone expressed disappointment in the electoral body and security, and demanded that the elections be cancelled as the results were not a true reflection of the elections.

She equally said there was massive vote buying in the state, and revealed that collation of results were currently ongoing in all the local government offices in the state, whereas collation was supposed to be done at INEC Collation Centres.

Also present include Dr Ben Nwoye(party chairman), Prince Lawrence Ezeh (Enugu East Senatorial zone candidate), and Chief VinMartin Ilo (Enugu North Senatorial Zone candidate) , among others.

More details later.

Prince Ezeh Delivers Landslide Victory For Buhari, Self, HOR In Own Booth

Senatorial candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Enugu East Senatorial Zone, Prince Lawrence Ezeh given landslide victory to President Muhammadu Buhari, as well as himself and the House of Representatives candidate for Nkanu East and West of the party.

The APC won all three seats in the polling unit of the engineer, in his country home, Mburubu, Nkanu East Local Government Area.

Breakdown is as follows:

PRESIDENTIAL (COURT BOOT 1)

APC =78

PDP = 12

INVALID = 21

SENATORIAL

APC = 95

PDP = 9

INVALID = 8

HOUSE/ REPS

APC = 88

PDP = 13

INVALID = 11

PRESIDENTIAL (COURT BOOT 2)

APC = 97

PDP = 25

INVALID = 6

SENATORIAL

APC = 113

PDP = 14

INVALID = 1

HOUSE/REPS

APC = 110

PDP = 20

INVALID = 1

Details later.

Enugu 2019: Palpable Fear in Government House as Gov. Ugwuanyi Loses Control to Ex-Gov. Nnamani

There is serious tension in the inner circles of the governor of Enugu state, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi on the overbearing influence of his predecessor, Chimaroke Nnamani who governed the state from 1999 to 2007. They now have reasons to believe that the recent resurgence of Nnamani’s political dynasty, ‘Ebeano’ group might hurt their chances of succeeding the governor come 2023

How it all started
Dr. Chimaroke Nnamani governed Enugu State from 1999-2007 and also represented Enugu East senatorial district at the National Assembly from 2007 to 2011. He fell out with Sullivan Chime, his successor whom he played a huge role in bringing to power and then joined the People for Democratic Change (PDC) where he contested and lost his bid to return to the senate in 2011. He the contested again on the same platform in 2015 and narrowly lost to PDP’s Gilbert Nnaji in an election that he was widely believed to have won save for high scale irregularities.

Shortly after Nnamani failed to regain his mandate through the courts in 2015, chieftains the All Progressives Congress (APC) led by his former colleague from Abia State, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu came knocking, asking him to join them. On hearing this development, the Governor who was a beneficiary of his political dynasty quickly double crossed the APC chieftains and promised his predecessor heaven on earth if he makes a return to the PDP. Nnamani returned to the PDP two weeks after.
Gov. Ugwuanyi was said to have reneged in his first promise to Nnamani- to allow him (Nnamani) nominate the PDP candidate for Nkanu West Local Government Area. Instead the governor accepted a name from another ally, a federal permanent secretary, Chinyeaka Ohaa for the position. Nnamani was so disappointed that he cut off all ties with the governor and withdrew into his shell until a few weeks before the party primaries in 2018.

Nnamani’s unassailable influence in Nkanu land (Enugu East Senatorial District) is already public knowledge and the All Progressives Congress (APC) tried to exploit the differences that exists between him and the governor by approaching and offering him the senatorial ticket but Gov. Ugwuanyi knowing that losing Nnamani to the APC might cost him his reelection bid, double crossed APC again, this time around offering him a ‘blank cheque’ to make up for his earlier disappointment. Nnamani again accepted the governor’s offer.

Gov. Ugwuanyi offered not only to bankroll Nnamani’s campaign but also accept nominations from him for two out of the three House of Representatives seats under Enugu East Senatorial District. This prompted the dramatic come back of Nnamani’s close allies, Hon. Offor Chukwuegbo who was a two term member of the House of Representatives (Enugu North/Enugu South) and Mr. Nnoli Nnaji (Nkanu East/Nkanu West), who contested on the PDC platform alongside Nnamani in 2015 as PDP candidates for the 2019 general elections.

The imminent squabble

Since Gov. Ugwuanyi has fulfilled all his promises this time, the campaigns has been rosy until a few weeks ago when the governor’s close allies started complaining of Nnamani’s overbearing influence. The governor himself has been trying to play down the level of influence until it happened in the full glare of the public a few days ago. One of the governor’s close allies who was also an eyewitness told …………….. how Nnamani rebuffed the governor’s directives, leaving him (the governor) helpless, embarrassed and bewildered.

‘We were on a campaign road show in Enugu North LGA. On passing the gate of secretariat, an NYSC member ran towards us and reminded the Governor’s aides that they have been waiting in their numbers inside the local government secretariat to receive the governor for hours. Upon hearing this and knowing the importance of Youth corps members in the upcoming elections, Ugwuanyi appealed to Nnamani to make a detour so they can meet the Corp members together. Nnamani did not only reject but did it in a manner that was so embarrassing, telling the Governor that he has another important campaign at Iva Valley to attend and quickly entered his waiting vehicle. The bewildered governor then made a face saving move by giving the leader of the corp members some financial assistance for him and his group and reluctantly followed Nnamani to zoom off”.

The fear in government circles and the 2023 dimension

With the recent developments, most of the inner circle of the Governor especially those from Enugu East senatorial district where, by the Zonal arrangement which has been in practice since 1999, will produce the governor come 2023.

The fear is that with Nnamani in the senate the governor might even be unable to choose his successor like his predecessors. They strongly believe most of them will not return to their positions by the virtue of his (Nnamani’s) nominees which is the last part of the said agreement between him and the governor, there by making the governor vulnerable and then paving way for him (Nnamani) to push his own personal agenda. They now see Nnamani’s candidacy as a self inflicted wound that has refused to heal. They also reminded the governor of how Nnamani’s overbearing attitude cost him his relationship with his successor, Sullivan Chime. In all, they believe that the governor is weak an unable to checkmate Nnamani’s excesses which is injurious to their ambitions.

Governor Ugwuanyi Abandons Chimaroke Over Fear of ‘Ebeano’ Domination

The executive governor of Enugu State, Dr Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi may have abandoned his latest political friendship with former governor Chimaroke Nnamani.

The governor is said to have decided to pull out of the alliance with Nnamani because he felt threatened by the looming dominance of the dreaded Ebeano family, which might eclipse his fame as the power broker of Enugu State if Nnamani eventually emerges senator.

Sources close to the governor says that Dr Ugwuanyi developed cold feet following series of veiled threats by Nnamani against him and a possible overthrow of his (Ugwuanyi)political dynasty.

“During a campaign at Ikem, Isi Uzo Local Government, Chimaroke told Ugwuanyi that he should be aware that he has no followership aside members of the Ebeano family in the community.

“The governor became worried since then and has decided to wash his hands off Chimaroke”,the source revealed.

Coalition of Northern States’ Youths Endorses PDP/Atiku, Says Buhari has Failed

Youth representatives of Northern States of the country under the auspices of Coalition of Northern States’ Youths (Southern Nigeria), in conjunction with a Civil Society Organisation, One Voice Nigeria, have thrown their weight behind the Peoples Democratic Party candidate at the forthcoming presidential election, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, saying that although they had so much faith in the incumbent, President Muhammadu Buhari, they have “reviewed and realized with great disappointment that the enthusiasm that propelled us like other patriotic Nigerians to vote Muhammadu Buhari as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 2015 have fallen short of our great expectations”.

The Groups made this known in a press release jointly signed by 19 leaders of the youth group representing each state in the northern part of the country, leader of One Voice Nigeria, and made available to newsmen in Owerri, the Imo State capital. They bemoaned the worsening security situation in the country and lamented the fact that Nigeria is now ranked the third most terrorized country in the world under Buhari whose cardinal campaign focus was security.

“On the economy, the current exchange rate shows that the Naira has fallen by about 200% from N197/$ in 2015 to N365/$ today. Inflation rate is 18%. The debt burden of the country has increased to over N14trn borrowed in the past three years with no commensurate industries and projects to show for it. This is happening in Buhari’s regime that has increased petroleum price from N85 to N145 per liter. Today, 13.2 million Nigerian children are out of school… Another worse case is that 20.9 million Nigerians have become unemployed as a result of the harsh economic policies of the federal government.”

The Coalition went further to decry the lopsided appointments of the president wondering why Buhari was still seeking the support of other parts of the country which he mostly overlooked in constituting his government. “We noticed that Nigeria has never been so divided along ethnic and religious lines as they are now under Buhari”, they said.

Listing the names of President Muhammadu Buhari’s allies that have been linked to corruption but the president still goes around with them, they wondered why people like Orji Uzor Kalu, Abdullahi Adamu, Godswill Akpabio, Aliyu Wamakko among others are considered saints by the president while those in the opposition are serially persecuted.

The groups further cautioned all Nigerians irrespective of tribe and religion, against being allowed to be swayed by the promises of the APC which “cannot give out what it does not have. Fellow Nigerians…vote the right presidential candidate, Alh Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party to make Nigeria work again. We are confident that Alh Atiku Abubakar will give us jobs, check insecurity, and corruption, promote peace, unity and infrastructural development in the country,” it concluded.

Those who signed the press release are: Ango Ali (Adamawa), Jibril Maikasuwa (Kaduna), Adamu Audu (Yobe), Mihammed Dogara (Gombe), Abdul Mohammed (Katsina), Abunya Tergu (Benue), Namo Labaan (Nasarawa), Gambo Gwaza (Taraba), Jacob Dashit (Plateau State), Hassan Tanko (Borno), Ubangari Ankali (Jigawa), John Amadu (Kogi), Likita Lawal (Kwara), Abdullahi Aminu (Kebbi), Danjuma Maikudi (Bauchi), Yaro Ado Sanusi (Kano), Mohammed A. Mohammed (Zamfara), Samuila Sadiq (Niger), Abubakar Ladan (Sokoto), and Hon Obinna Ndukwe Ibiam, for One Voice Nigeria.

Abduction of Npower Beneficiary: Osibanjo boycotts Abia APC townhall meeting

The Vice President of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osibanjo, on Thursday shunned a townhall meeting with Abia APC chieftains and the Aba business community.

The event which was scheduled to hold by 2pm at the Aba sports Club hall was tagged: “Organized Private sector tall hall meeting with the Vice President of Nigeria” could not hold as the Vice President who was earlier spotted in Kwara State on a similar mission refused to attend the Abia program.

His absence is said to be connected to the illegal abduction and torture of an Npower beneficiary named Felix Kennedy Obisike last weekend by some thugs allegedly hired by the APC Governorship Candidate Uche Ogah.

It was gathered that Felix, an N-Power beneficiary was abducted and malhandled at the Campaign office of the APC guber candidate in Umuahia under the direct supervision of former Chairman of Ikeja Branch of the NIGERIA Bar Association, Barr Monday Ubani.

However, some APC chieftains including a former governor of Abia state, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, Uche Ogah, Mascot Uzor Kalu and other factional party candidates waited for the arrival of the Vice president, but angrily left the venue when it became clear that he (Osibanjo) will not show up.

The Npower project is one of Federal government social investment programmes for job creation and empowerment. It is managed by the office of the Vice president, with each state having its coordinator or focal person who supports the smooth implementation of the scheme.