Pro-Biafra group, the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, has said the Anambra governorship election scheduled for Saturday, November 6 will hold.
There have been tensions ahead of the election announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) after the office of the Commission and other areas have come under attack linked to the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and unknown gunmen.
Raising concerns, the Center for Democracy and Development (CDD), had said there could be voter apathy due to the emergence of non-state armed groups such as IPOB and the “unknown gunmen”.
Meanwhile, MASSOB in a statement signed by its National Director of Information, Comrade Edeson Samuel, said: “That having studied the political, economic, religious and social implications of not having a credible election in Anambra State and the political mourning that may erupt by imposing a non-representative of Ndi Anambra as their governor, MASSOB declares that the Anambra Governorship election slated for November 6th 2021 will hold as announced by INEC.
“That the Anambra state governorship election must be peaceful and credible as MASSOB has issued out instructions to our 21 Local Government Areas coordinators, 3 senatorial zonal leaders, 310 provincial administrators and all MASSOB securities to assist in effecting a peaceful and credible election in Anambra State.
“MASSOB encourages the Independent Electoral Commission to go ahead without distraction in conducting the governorship election this weekend.
“MASSOB advises the people of Anambra state and other residents in Anambra to go out to exercise their fundamental and constitutional rights of electing their next governor because Anambra political space will never be in vacuum.
“MASSOB’S position on this weekend Anambra governoship 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’S position does not mean derailment of the Biafra struggle for actualization and restoration. We must always consider the overall interest of Ndigbo first before group or individual interest”.