MASSOB counters IPOB; insists election must hold in Anambra on November 6

The Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State Of Biafra, MASSOB, has assured residents in Anambra State that the November 6 governorship election will still go ahead. 


This is coming a few days after the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, in the Southeast declared a seven-day sit-at-home protest in the South-East starting from November 5, if its leader Nnamdi Kanu is not released from detention.


The sit-at-home is expected to start on the eve of the Anambra State governorship election.


In a Monday statement by Edeson Samuel, the pro-Biafra group’s Director of Information, he encouraged the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to go ahead without distraction in conducting the governorship election, come weekend.


The statement read;


“The Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) under the leadership of Comrade Uchenna Madu after our National meeting presided by our leader have declared as follows:


“That having studied the political, economical, religious and social implications of not having a credible election in Anambra State and the political mourning that may erupt by imposing a non-representative of Ndi Anambra as their governor, MASSOB declares that the Anambra Governorship election slated on November 6, 2021, will hold as announced by INEC.


“That the Anambra State governorship election must be peaceful and, credible as MASSOB has issued out instructions to our 21 LGA coordinators, 3 senatorial zonal leaders, 310 provincial administrators and all MASSOB securities to assist in effecting a peaceful and credible election in Anambra State.


“That MASSOB has encouraged the Independent Electoral Commission to go ahead without distraction in conducting the governorship election this weekend.


“That MASSOB advised the people of Anambra State and other residents in Anambra to exercise their fundamental and constitutional rights of electing their next governor because Anambra political space will never be in vacuum.


“That MASSOB position on this weekend’s Anambra governorship election is for the interest of Ndigbo, we can never allow or give unfortunate legal room for outsiders to dictate our political and economic future.


“That MASSOB position does not mean derailment of the Biafra struggle for actualization and restoration. We must always consider the overall interest of Ndigbo first before a group or individual interest.”