Simon Ekpa the self proclaim disciple of Nnamdi Kanu leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has vowed to stop election from holding in the South East zone unless detained leader of the group, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, is released from prisons as directed by the court of appeal. Simon Ekpa, who is based in faraway Finland, has remained unmoved as his group and unknown gunmen perpetrate carnage in the South east.
The misfortune here is measured on the premise that the South East region is believed to be the Labour Party, presidential candidate Mr. Peter Obi biggest support base.
“Every well meaning Igbo and indeed, Nigerians of good conscience, must be highly disturbed by the recent activities of Sam Ekpa. This idea of maintaining that there will be no election in the South East except Nnamdi Kanu is released is surely not well calculated.
“Already, there are fears in the South East as the masses are expressing concern about insecurity. By insisting there will be no election in the South East, Simon Ekpa and his group are instilling fear into the minds of the people and it will automatically provoke voters apathy.
“The end result of this will be low turnout on election day, particularly the February 25, 2023 presidential election. Of course, there has been the calculation that Mr Peter Obi, due to the massive support he has been receiving across the country, especially in the South East, might be expected as the first ever Igbo executive president of Nigeria.
“However, if Ndigbo do not come out en masse to vote due to an insecurity alarm occasioned by Simon Ekpa’s threat made possible by the Federal Government’s failure to release Nnamdi Kanu, then, be assured that Ndigbo will suffer a huge political misfortune that may take a long time to recover from”, Precious Ikechim, a political scientist, submitted.
Currently, the South East political zone is seeking for a Nigerian president of Igbo extraction. Consequently, following the amazing rise of Peter Obi to political stardom and acceptability, Ndigbo now see the Labour Party presidential candidate as the easiest route to the presidency.
Comrade Ignatius Nwokodi, the coordinator of Igbo Zuruezu Nihe Nile, gave more insights into why Simon Ekpa’s actions may cause a political doom to the region in 2023. “Virtually all the South East political landscapes are mapped in the colours of Labour Party because of Peter Obi. The youths, who are said to be the highest number of registered voters, are the ones propelling the Peter Obi campaign.
“The women and the traders are all rooting for Peter Obi. In short, most Igbo people are working for Peter Obi to win the election but this cannot be realized if Igbo leaders fail to call Simon Ekpa to order. This continued call for a sit-at-home and threat of no election in South East if Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is not released, may likely be a clog to this noble dream”.
Since this year, there have been several controversial sit-at-home directives emanating from the camp of Simon Ekpa, which elicited much condemnation from the public. “We have a big problem in our hands as most of the sit-at-home orders by Simon Ekpa seem to be at variance with the goal of what most people in the South East are clamouring for.
“For instance, based on the socio-economic realities of the present time, where things are very difficult, why must a true and sincere liberator be calling for a sit-at-home or boycott of the election? Igbo leaders must call Simon Ekpa to order if our goal of seeing Peter Obi as president must be realized” Joe Ikenkwocha, convener of People’s Power Movement stated.
A survey carried out by Business Hallmark indicated that many South East residents have yet to collect their PVCs as gunmen had on few occasions disrupted permanent voters’ cards’ collection centers, killing innocent people in the process. Therefore, the fear of gunmen is a major reason many people may not come out in good numbers on election day to cast their votes, especially in the south east region of Nigeria.
Protesters Burnt Down APC Office In Osun State
Two secretariats belonging to the Osun State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Governor Ademola Adeleke’s hometown of Ede in Osun State, were attacked yesterday by hoodlums. The Hoodlums, allegedly protesting against last Friday’s verdict of the Osun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, which upturned Adeleke’s victory, descended on the APC secretariat in Ede South and Ede North. But the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) distanced its supporters from the attack.
According to our reliable source, it was gathered that the APC secretariat in Ede-South was razed and the one in Ede North was destroyed by the hoodlums, who inflicted injuries on APC members. In a statement by a party leader, Dr. Mufutao Oyewale, the APC alleged that the PDP had recruited a militia group to create unrest in the community by paralyzing economic activities to protest against the verdict of the tribunal.
Also in Ilesa, the Tinubu/Shettima’s campaign office in Ilesha was attacked by gunmen, who destroyed the property within the premises. Reacting to the allegations, PDP Acting Chairman, Dr. Adekunle Akindele, denied the allegations, saying: “Osun PDP members only engaged in peaceful protests all over the state. According to his words; “Our members did not attack anybody. Osun APC is raising false alarm simply because it was in trouble over its attempt to steal a popular mandate through the back door.”
Ebubeagu Operative Was Shot Dead At APC Campaign Ground In Ebonyi State
An Ebubeagu operative was shot dead at the venue of the All Progressives Congress (APC) campaign rally in Isu community, Onicha Local Government Area of Ebonyi State. The slain Ebubeagu operative identified as Ajason Aja was killed by unknown gunmen at the rally held on Saturday, January 28, 2023.
It was gathered that the deceased and his colleagues were part of the Ebubeagu team drafted to the community to provide security at the APC governorship rally. After the rally, the team was directed to secure the APC flags for subsequent rallies when an altercation occurred between Mr Aja and the suspect over the sharing of money.
During the altercation, Mr Aja rushed for his rifle, but the other man was said to have swiftly pulled a pistol, and shot him in the head. Mr Aja, unfortunately, died on the spot. Ebubeagu Commander in Ebonyi State, Friday Nnana-Ujor, who confirmed the death of Aja on Monday, January 30, 2022 said the attacker was not an operative of the security outfit.
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