Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the apex Igbo socio- cultural organisation, Anambra State chapter, has accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of allegedly plotting to disenfranchise over two million people in the state in the on-going voters registration exercise.
The state chapter’s President of the organisation, Chief D. A. Okeke Ogene, who stated this while addressing traditional rulers of 180 communities in the state, described the exercise as a colossal failure. He said it was unfortunate that inadequate capturing machine was provided to serve over 200,000 people who thronged each council headquarters to be registered.
The Ohanaeze president also accused INEC of creating artificial scarcity in order to marginalise and disenfranchise the people of South-East geographical zone ahead of the 2019 general election. He told the traditional rulers that the new executive of Ohanaeze in the state embarked on the courtesy visit in order to thank them for their support and encouragement during the just concluded election of the organisation.
He, however, promised them that the soci0 – cultural body would be repositioned in order to contribute to the development of Ndigbo. “We in the leadership of Ohanaeze are passionately appealing to the federal government to ensure free and fair governorship election in Anambra State coming up in Nov 18,’’ warning that Ohanaeze will do everything within its powers to resist any attempt to impose any body on the people of the state.
“It is our request also that every political party or aspirant in the election are given a level playing ground to contest and allow the people to elect any person of their choice. “We also want to use this opportunity to commend the South-East Governors’ Forum for kick starting the proposed regional economic team,’’ which he said was in line with the programmes of Ohanaeze word wide.
“I want to inform you that the new leadership of Ohanaeze was determined to restructure and improve on the condition of the traditional institution and restore the dignity and tradition of Igbo people. “We want our traditional rulers to be respected like their counterparts in South West, South – South, North and other parts of the country,” Ogene stated. On the zoning of governorship position in the state, Ogene said they were still consulting and would soon make pronouncement on the issue.