*Says election must hold Saturday
The Comrade Uchenna Madu-led Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) has declared that the November 6 Anambra governorship election must hold.
The group said it has so far mobilised over 300 personnel to assist in making sure that the election holds as scheduled.
Emerging from its national meeting presided over by the leader, Comrade Uchenna Madu, MASSOB said it would also mobilize personnel to ensure a free poll.
In a statement issued at the end of the meeting, MASSOB’s National Director of Information, Comrade Samuel Edeson, said the group studied the political, economic, religious and social implications of not having a credible election in Anambra State.
MASSOB stated: “That the Anambra State governorship election must be peaceful and credible as MASSOB has issued out instructions to our 21 LGA coordinators, 3 senatorial zonal leaders, 310 provincial administrators and all MASSOB securities to assist in effecting a peaceful and credible election in Anambra State.
“That MASSOB has encouraged the Independent Electoral Commission to go ahead without distraction in conducting the governorship election this weekend.
“That MASSOB advised the people of Anambra state and other residents in Anambra to exercise their fundamental and constitutional rights of electing their next governor because Anambra political space will never be in a vacuum.
“That MASSOB position on Anambra governorship election is for the interest of Ndigbo, we can never allow or give unfortunate legal room for outsiders to dictate our political and economic future.
“That MASSOB position does not mean derailment of the Biafra struggle for actualization and restoration.
“We must always consider the overall interest of Ndigbo first before a group or individual interest.”
The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, had said it would not allow the election to hold unless its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, is released.
Kanu is in the federal government’s custody over charges including terrorism and treasonable felony.