More condemnation have continued to trail call by the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, Mr Nnamdi Kanu on the people of Anambra to boycott the Nov. 18 governorship election in the state.
The stakeholders in separate interviews described the call as an attempt by Kanu to derail democracy in the state and expose it to anarchy.
Chief Sam Oraegbunam, the Chairman, Hope Democratic Party (HDP), Anambra chapter said though his call for the restructuring of Nigeria was genuine, he mustn’t use it to cause confusion in the state.
Oraegbunam said there was the need for economic restructuring, and empowerment of the states and regions to ensure even development of the country.
He said time had come for us to look beyond oil that, which was causing confusion in the country.
“Nnamdi Kanu has done enough to draw the attention of Nigeria and the world to the type of equity in the country and the plight of the Igbos.
“But in terms of boycott of elections and issuing datelines for referendum, I think it is an overstatement on his part.
“If Anambra does not hold election in Nigeria in November, it means that there will be a vacuum and what happens to the state in terms of administration. According to him, Kanu is from a state and there is an elected governor there, so he should allow us have our election because we are still a component of Nigeria.
“My advice is that Kanu should consult, listen more and talk less, there are others who share his point of view, he should not derail democracy in Anambra,” he said.
Also speaking, Chief Jude Emecheta, the National Chairman of Willie Obiano Support Group (WOSG) said Kanu’s call for boycott of the election was uncalled for.
Emecheta said such call was why the South East poorly participated in the 2006 population census and the “result is what we are suffering today’’.
The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) chieftain said Kanu’s call to boycott Anambra election was capable of plunging the state into political crisis.
“This call is not needed, it is undemocratic and it is a show of youthful exuberance. That is why sometimes I get worried about issue of empowering the youth.
“We have a supreme council of IPOB elders who should speak for the group; Kanu is head of publicity by virtue of being the head of Radio Biafra.
“We are just talking about restructuring, we have not articulated our demand in that restructure and there is need for the Igbo man to be fully in the Nigerian project.’’
He said that the statement did not come from the hierarchy of the party; “we know those we can take seriously on Anambra elections’’.