… As Obiano Clinches Second Term Ticket

By James Ojo

Following Willie Obiano’s massive win in the Anambra governorship election, the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, on Sunday night slammed claims that there was massive turn-out of voters during the election which held on Saturday.

IPOB described such report as mere propaganda aimed at deceiving the public.

The Returning Officer for the election, Zana Akpagu, who is also the Vice Chancellor of the University of Calabar, said that a total of 448, 771 votes were cast during the election on Saturday.

Notwithstanding that a total of 26,457 votes were rejected, Mr. Obiano still won with a total of 234,071 votes having beaten all the other candidates in the 21 local government areas of the state.

Following Obiano from a distance was the All Progressives Congress, APC, candidate, Tony Nwoye, who polled a total of 98,752 votes. Mr. Obaze of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, came third with 70,293 votes while Osita Chidoka of United Progressives Party, UPP, was fourth scratching a mere 7,903 votes.

However, in a statement issued by its spokesman, Emma Powerful, IPOB stated that it was unfortunate some could adjudged the election as credible when the numbers of the accredited voters as released by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, were far below registered voters.

The group condemned what it described as “the desperate and shameless efforts of the Nigerian Government and her politicians including some government media propaganda machines, who it seems are now the defenders of evil in the land, to discredit and deceive the general public that there was a massive turn out of electorates in the just concluded Anambra state governorship election.”

The statement reads:  “Nothing could be further from the truth. Going by INEC’s own figures of accredited voters, not up to 10,000 people participated in this keenly contested election involving more than 2.2 million registered voters.

“This represents only 0.45 per cent of the entire electorate. No civilised society will regard such low number of voters as a credible enough number to sustain a democratic mandate of the office of the governor of a state.

“Every conscientious and right thinking person must be appalled at the level of deception and collusion currently going on between the corrupt Nigerian government, her politicians and some unethical media propaganda machines, who are prepared to publish blatant falsehood as part of a wider conspiracy to deny the inevitable fact that IPOB boycott was obeyed by 99.9% of voters in Anambra State.

“IPOB rendered the whole exercise meaningless. What this proves is that IPOB is clearly in the majority in Anambra State with 99% of the registered voters abstaining from the polls. It will be fair therefore to conclude that the whole electorate in Anambra State heeded the boycott order issued by the IPOB leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.

“It is not surprising to us that in the face of such resounding victory for IPOB, the government have sought to downplay the significance of the very poor turn out of voters. The turnout was not low as speculated by most media houses, it could only be characterised by the poor turn out.

“Luckily, we have all the evidence of the few family friends and party agents that bothered to turn up at very polling centers to vote as we expected. There are an abundant picture and video evidence to affirm that Anambra governorship elections were boycotted by the people, with some polling stations in Awka South registering zero voter participation.

“That Lai Mohammed’s Ministry of Information has gone into overdrive in trying to deceive and discredit the effective election boycott experienced across the whole of Anambra State yesterday, tells the story of the success of the boycott.

“It is very clear to all now that this APC Federal Government of Nigeria with their collaborators, were comprehensive defeated by IPOB yesterday, both i the superiority of argument and strategy.

“Anambra have spoken loud and clear that they want Biafra. We reiterate our demand for a referendum, failure of which will leave IPOB no option than to announce a date at the earliest possible time for a plebiscite to be conducted to settle this issue once and for all.

“We can assure Aso Rock and their South East slaves that 2019 will be significantly worse than what was experienced yesterday in Anambra State. Nigeria won’t be able to produce a president because South East and South South will not participate in the next presidential elections. This intellectual battle is one that Nigeria can never ever win. The sooner they come to their senses and realise this inevitability the better.”

Mr. Akpagu said that a total 448, 771 votes were cast during the election on Saturday. Of the total votes, 422, 314 were valid while 26,457 were rejected.

Mr. Obiano was followed, with a wide margin, by the APC candidate, Tony Nwoye, who polled a total of 98,752 votes. Mr. Obaze of the PDP emerged third with 70,293 votes while Osita Chidoka of United Progressives Party, UPP, came a distant fourth after garnering 7,903 votes.

Author: Cerebral Lemon