Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, is being demanded by nine contenders in the upcoming Anambra governorship race.
They also encouraged the Federal Government to demilitarize the South East zone in order to reduce the region’s heightened tensions.
Ben Etiaba of the AA, Charles Soludo of the APGA, Obinna Uzoh of the SDP, Akachukwu Nwankpo of the ADC, Onyejegbu Okwudili of the APM, Ifeanyi Uba of the YPP, Andy Uba of the APC, Nnamdi Nnawuo of the PRP, and Obiora Okonkwo of the Z
The statement was captioned ‘Joint statement by candidates for the Anambra State governorship election to be held on November 6, 2021,’ according to a copy made available to our correspondent in Abuja.
The candidates praised the plea and concerns aired by the South East Council of Traditional Rulers and representatives of Igbo bishops and archbishops on the fear caused by the violence in the region.
In their resolutions, they said, “We the candidates in the forthcoming Anambra State Governorship Election commit unequivocally to non-violence and the maintenance of peace throughout the duration of the election and beyond.
“We urge all our supporters and other stakeholders to commit fully to these ideals and refrain from any act that may imperil the election.
“In order to eschew all acts that may torpedo the forthcoming election, we urge the Federal Government to release Mazi Nnamdi Kanu to the South East Council of Traditional Rulers and the representatives of Igbo archbishops and bishops.
“We urge the Federal Government to take urgent steps to demilitarise the South East zone and stem the heightened tension, skirmishes and endless bloodletting between the security agencies and our youths.”
They also called on IPOB to avoid actions that would hinder the smooth running of elections.
“We urge IPOB not to do anything that would hinder or be seen to be hindering the smooth running of the forthcoming governorship election in Anambra State and to cancel all scheduled sit-at-home orders, as these have already caused untold hardship for our people.
“We call on the Independent National Electoral Commission, the Armed Forces, other security agencies and all stakeholders to discharge their mandates in accordance with law and in a fair and just manner,” the statement added.