Governor Willie Obiano, the Speaker and members of Anambra State House of Assembly as well as political appointees in the state have been urged to go to their constituencies to sensitise their constituents on the compelling need to participate in the November 18, 2017 governorship election.
The Chairman of Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO) in Anambra State, Comrade Vincent Ezekwume, gave the charge in a statement made available to newsmen in the state, and also appealed to stakeholders and opinion leaders in Anambra State
such as traditional rulers, religious leaders, president-generals of town unions, market leaders, students union leaders, labour and civil society leaders to join in the campaign for the Anambra people to troop out en masse to discharge their civil duty that day.
The Comrade condemning the continuous call for the boycott of election by the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), said “boycott of the election will be very detrimental to social, economic and political development of our dear state.
The political class should discomfort themselves in order to comfort the citizens, thereby restoring people’s confidence in government and in leadership, so that agitations, secession, restiveness, anarchy, lawlessness, injustice and unemployment will be reduced to the barest minimum or totally eliminated”.
He contended that it was only through elections that citizens renew or withdraw their mandate given to leaders, hence the generality of Anambra people should not miss this golden opportunity.
Appealing to the people to vote for the credible candidate, who has the best programme for the people of the state, the CLO chief quoted Edmund Burke as saying that “the reasons we are being governed as fools are because good people sit down and do nothing”.
He said the threat of election boycott was real, hence the need for the stakeholders to educate the citizens to understand that election boycott would not be in the best interest of all, and rather it would worsen the already painful and pathetic situation of our people.