As the call for electoral shutdown by the Lower Niger Congress (LNC) led by Tony Nnadi is gathering momentum, the Lower Niger, South-West, and Middle-Belt are mobilizing to ensure a total shutdown of the 2019 election, OgeneNews gathered.
The LNC Secretary, Tony Nnadi has sensitized the public for the 2019 electoral shutdown. He said, the 2019 election is to be shutdown, because of the rogue 1999 Nigerian constitution. According to him, he asked Nigerians to push for Referendum. He further stated how the electoral shutdown will be achived, he said,
“All the blocs in Nigeria that have repudiated the rogue 1999 constitution, Lower Niger, South-West, and Middle-Belt are mobilizing towards advancing quickly to the consequential next-step of rejecting any further national election premised upon the already repudiated 1999 constitution triggering such a constitution logjam that will have no other viable resolution outside referendum”.
He requested those from the Lower Niger who wish to understand the coming events in or have any meaningful participation in the push to extricate the Greater Eastern Nigeria from the Caliphate prison called Nigeria to do well and acquaint themselves with the LNC’s referendum template, repeatedly explained on the Lower Niger Congress Facebook page.
It should be recalled that the leadership of the major Igbo organisations recently held a meeting in Enugu State under the auspices of “Ndigbo Consultative Assembly” where issues concerning Ndigbo and her existence in Nigeria were discussed.
Among the issues discussed were the circumstances that caused the catastrophes of 1966 -1970. The Assembly discussed the reincarnation of the military Decree made between 1966 and 1999 intervasl. The military Decree, consolidated as Decree 24 of 1999 – a constitution imposed on Nigerians as a Unitary System foisted on an upturned Federation which the center owns and controls all the major economic assets.
Discussed at the meeting was the quota system that has subjugated knowledge to ignorance. All legitimated by the egregious falsehood the people have rejected and demanding the usurping the sovereignty of the people.
In response as many issues discussed by the Assembly, various Igbo organizations articulated what, in their wisdom, represents the best approach by Ndigbo towards self-redemption. Other groups, particularly the pro-independence ones, embarked on more radical agitations towards achieving the same end. In seeking to sterilize common grounds among the various groups, streamlining their prescriptions and arriving at a consensus that will frame a viable response mechanism,
OHANAEZE NDIGBO’S POSITION as encapsulated in the Ekwueme Square Declaration of May 21, 2018 as stated thus:
“We demand a Constitutional Conference, backed by a Law enacted by the National Assembly, where the People of Nigeria will agree on a new, truly federal Constitution. a Constituent Assembly should be constituted to agree on a new Constitution for a New Nigeria. Such a Constitution – the people’s Constitution – should be approved by the people of Nigeria through a Referendum to give it legitimacy and validity. Thereafter, the National Assembly should repeal Act 24 of 1999 thereby effectively voiding the 1999 Constitution.”.Ohanaeze Ndigbo concludes.
The Alaigbo Development Foundation, ADF is seeking for restructuring within the principle of self-determination of Autonomous Region of ethnic nationalities in present Nigeria. ADF states categorically that Alaigbo will seek outright exit from the Federation of Nigeria if renegotiation along these lines is not forthcoming. ADF’s position is encapsulated in a memorandum titled “The future of Alaigbo & the Federal Republic of Nigeria”, they insisted for Alaigbo to exist as an Autonomous Region with all the rights of Self-determination and Self-governance in a new political union with their neighbours in Nigeria, or to opt out of Nigeria and establish an Independent Republic.”.
A wing of the pro-independence groups frame their agitation as “Biafra Restoration” (IPOB) and “Biafra Actualization” (MASSOB), both seek immediate secession from the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
There is also the Self-Determination campaign by the Lower Niger Congress, LNC, for the Greater Eastern Nigeria, framed as a Constitutional Reconfiguration of the Nigerian Union that will include a Self-Determination Referendum, with an outreach to the non-Caliphate rest of Nigeria, seeking a consensus around the outright rejection of the fraudulent 1999 Constitution as the basis of Nigeria.
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After a thorough review of these different positions being advanced by various Igbo Organizations, the Assembly recognizes the two dominant tendencies in Igboland in response to the current Igbo situation in Nigeria stated there should be a Regional Autonomy (variously defined) within the Federation of Nigeria, and Outright Independence for the Territory.
This necessitates the institution of a mechanism to determine the true wishes of the majority of the People.
It is noted that the two Groups are agreed on the abolition of the imposed, fraudulent 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The two other groups are also agreed that no further National Elections anchored on the 1999 Constitution should take place.
On contacting the Leader, Eastern Region Assembly, (ERA) Mazi Ejike Ikezuagu, he said ERA has demanded for the postponement of the 2019 election to enable the government puts in place the necessities needed to effect as discussed in the Assembly, he concluded.
In another development, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it will not postpone the 2019 elections. INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, made the clarifications while fielding questions from State House correspondents on Friday in Abuja. He said that there was no provision under the law for postponement of elections.
“I have said this over and over again; there are no conditions under which elections should be postponed, under section 26 of the Electoral Act.
“The date is formed and fixed, February 16, 2019; we issued the timetable way in advance; for the very first time in the history of our nation, citizens of Nigeria know when elections will take place one year in advance. It has never happened before.
Mahmood Yakubu, INEC Chairman.
“Secondly, for the very first time in the history of our country, citizens know the budget of the electoral commission; citizens know line by line how much the commission proposed; what the money is going to be spent on.
“I think I am very happy with this process.’’ He said.
He said that as provided in the constitution, INEC had, since April 27, 2017, been registering voters consistently in response to appeal by Nigerians.
Yakubu said that INEC had created more centres for the registration but finally decided that it should suspend the process as provided for by the law, six months to the elections.
He said however that in response to appeal by Nigerians, again, INEC extended the exercise to the end of August.
“As at Saturday last week- Aug. 11- we have registered 12.1 million citizens; this will eventually be added to the 70 million voters that are already registered for the 2019 general elections.
“We have voters register of over 80 million citizens.
“Let me make this very important clarification; the registration is going to take place between 9am in the morning and 5pm daily including weekends but excluding the public holiday. You know Tuesday and Wednesday next week have been declared public holiday.
“The second important clarification that I should make is that the end of the continuous voters’ registration is Aug. 31 but that does not mean the end of the collection of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs).
“Collection of PVCs will continue until at least one week to the general election in February 2019,’’ he said.
The INEC boss said he was not worried that the virement for the conduct of 2019 election was still before the National Assembly as he remained optimistic.
He said he had made the clarifications that the National Assembly asked for; adding the two committees on INEC expressed satisfaction on his clarifications.
He said he looked forward to hearing what the National Assembly would say.
Yakubu said that Nigerians needed to know that what the commission requested for was N189.2 billion which the executive proposed to the National Assembly.
According to him, there are no discrepancies in the figures.
He said he was in the Presidential villa to fine-tune modalities on how Nigeria would help Guinea-Bissau in its forthcoming elections as the country had requested Nigeria’s assistance.