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Anambra youths coalition asks Peter Obi to drop presidential bid

 

A coalition of youths in Anambra State have called on the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Mr. Peter Obi, to drop his ambition and join hands with progressives forces in the South East to negotiate a brighter political future for Igbo.

The group, Coalition of Anambra Youth Leaders, said there were fears that Obi’s insistence on contesting the presidency would rub off negatively on Igbo and brighten the chances of the All progressives Congress (APC) to retain power at the centre.

Noting that the APC experiment has been disastrous for the country, the youth coalition said all efforts must be geared towards rescuing Nigerian from the party, adding that another four years of APC may totally eclipse Nigeria.

Addressing journalists at a press conference in Awka, National Leader of the coalition, Dr. Chinedu Ekwealor, said Igbo stand a better chance of getting to power at the centre through the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). According to him, Obi ought to reconsider the negative impact of his personal ambition on the future of Igbo nation and stand down in support of the party which vice presidential candidate he was in 2019.

Dr. Ekwealor said Obi’s LP has no mathematical chance of winning the presidential election adding that emotions would not bring in the desired numbers that would satisfy the constitutional requirement to be declared winner. Though he said it was human for people to be emotional about Obi’s ambition, the youth leader stated that emotions don’t win elections. Superior numbers do.

 

Source: The Sun

 

 

Again, HURIWA asks Buhari to release Kanu as Christmas gift to S’East

Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), yesterday, asked President Muhammadu Buhari to free the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, as a 2022 Christmas gift to the South East. HURIWA, in a statement by its National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko, challenged the president to be a man of his words by allowing the judiciary decide Kanu’s fate without political interference.

The group asked Buhari to direct the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, to comply with the Appellate Court’s judgement, which had ordered the release of Kanu from the custody of Department of State Services (DSS) before Christmas. HURIWA believes that the release of Kanu will restore peace and stability to South East, as well as restore economic growth of the zone.

The group expressed disappointment at the nonchalant attitude of South East governors, who, they said, should be mounting pressure on Buhari to do the right thing by releasing Kanu from detention. Recall that Buhari, in May, at a meeting with Ebonyi State Stakeholders’ Forum, held at the Government House, Abakaliki, said a political solution to Kanu’s travails was impossible, and insisted it is only the court that will decide his fate.

Buhari had promised: “I have listened carefully to appeals from elders to traditional leaders, regarding a wide range of options, and as I have said previously, this matter remains in the full purview of the court where it will be properly adjudicated.”

However, about 18 months since his detention at the DSS custody, in Abuja, the IPOB leader has not tasted freedom despite the judgement of the Appeal Court granting him freedom, and awarding billions of naira as damages against the Federal Government for Kanu’s extraordinary rendition from Kenya mid-2021.

At the moment, the major presidential candidates for the 2023 general elections, including Labour Party’s (LP) Peter Obi, All Progressives Congress’ (APC) Bola Tinubu and Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) Atiku Abubakar, have said they will explore dialogue to end secessionist agitations in the South East, and restore the economy of the Igbo people, which has been marred with untold violence and activities of unknown gunmen.

 

Source: Guardian