Youths in Anambra State have taken to the street in a peaceful protest ostensibly to sensitize the indigenes ahead of tomorrow’s election.
NO fewer than 10,000 youths in Anambra state, under the aegis of Anambra Youths Association, AYA, yesterday staged a peaceful rally in various parts of Onitsha, Anambra State to sensitize the populace on the need to go out and cast their votes for any candidate of their choice during Saturday’s presidential and national assembly elections in the country.
The youths, armed with placards bearing some inscriptions as “election must hold, nobody can stop the election, there must be election, come out and vote for your credible candidate, vote for people who will care for us, nobody can stop you, we are all Nigerians”, among others, commenced the rally along the Onitsha/Owerri road in Onitsha and traversed other parts of the commercial city, chanting pro election-must-hold songs in Igbo language.
Addressing the participants shortly after the exercise which lasted for about three hours, the youth leader, Nnaemeka Onyemaechi (a.k.a Timer), stated that the issue of sit-at-home, election boycott and referendum, as being canvassed by some people should not arise as they would do more harm than good to Ndigbo.
Onyemaechi further pointed out that sit-at-home or election boycott would not be the best option for the masses or else, wrong candidates would emerge and Ndigbo will live to regret their action in the near future. He therefore urged all sons and daughters of Ndigbo to ignore any call for sit-at-home or election boycott and go out enmasse to cast their votes on Saturday, February 16 and Saturday, March 2, to elect credible leaders that will pilot the affairs of this nation to the satisfaction of all and sundry.
Uwazuruike condemns sit-at-home on election day Meantime, the leader of Biafra Independence Movement and founder of Movement for Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra, BIM, Chief Ralph Uwazuruike has distanced himself and his members from any group calling for sit-at-home or boycott of the general election.
In a press statement issued yesterday by his Personal Assistant, on Media Matters, Mazi Chris Anierobi Mocha, Uwazuruike noted that although the organization has no preferred candidate, he has directed all his members to go out and vote for any candidate of their choice during the elections.
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