The following press statement was sent to the USAfricaNEWSROOMe-mail:
April 16, 2007: Anambra indigenes living in the United States ofAmerica under the aegis of Anambra State Association (ASA-USA), anon-partisan umbrella organization representing over 100,000 Anambraindigenes living in the United States of America have decried theinvolvement of INEC and the Federal Government in aborting theongoing electoral exercise scheduled to hold in Anambra State onApril 14th 2007.
ASA-USA electoral observers have reported that no elections tookplace throughout the 21 Local Governments in Anambra State. To thisend, the indigenes of Anambra State demand that INEC should fix a newdate for the gubernatorial election in Anambra State with immediateeffect. Anambra State is still a part of the polity called Nigeriaand must not be excluded in national exercises especially where itinvolves the exercise of their legal and voting rights.
While ASA-USA decry INEC and Federal Government involvement inperpetrating the dastardly act of depriving the Anambra people oftheir legal right to vote and be voted for, ASA-USA call on INEC toabide by the Courts ruling and include well qualified and heroic sonsof Anambra State like Dr Chris Ngige (AC), Chief Nicholas Ukachukwu(ANPP) and Governor Peter Obi (APGA) in the ballot. By the singularact of depriving the citizenry of Anambra State of their legal rightto vote, INEC and the Federal Government have brought lawlessness,illegality and electoral malpractice to its lowest ebb especially asit concerns Anambra State. It is gross illegality and fraudulent tosay the least that while the good people of Anambra State turned outen masse at various polling stations to cast their votes, not asingle electoral official was sited at any polling booth, instead,people were busy writing electoral results at the homes of variousfavoredindividuals.
ASA-USA is again calling on the chairman of Independent NationalElectoral Commission (INEC), Professor Maurice Iwu to leave AnambraState alone and allow the good sons and daughters of Anambra State toexercise their civil rights as accorded to them by the NigerianConstitution, to elect the gubernatorial candidate of theirchoice.
The good people of Anambra State are tired of electoral fraudsperpetrated in Anambra State from the highest echelons of power. Thepeople are tired of being denied their constitutional rights tochoose and vote for the candidate(s) of their choice via the ballot.The people are tired of being intimidated into accepting whoever isimposed on them to be their Governor. Anambra people have resolved toresist in every implications of the word any imposition of acandidate that is not their choice.
ASA-USA has documentary evidences that no elections took place inAnambra State on April 14th 2007 and would wish that one be fixedwith immediate effect. The good people of Anambra State are at alertand are ready to react at an instant notice. Enough is enough.
ASA-USA is warning the Federal Government, Prof. Maurice Iwuand the INEC to desist from involving themselves in actions capableof triggering off sectarian violence in Anambra State in particularand Nigeria en globo. INEC must not continue to use Anambra State asa clearing for a newer version of electoral malpractice or rigging.The election in Anambra State must be free and fair and must be seento be so and the good people of Anambra State can never take anythingless.
ASA-USA cautions Prof Maurice Iwu to understand that allcandidates for the polls must be allowed to exercise theirfundamental rights to vote and be voted for, that it was up to theelectorate to choose who to govern them and that the traditionalrulers should not be used as fire brigade men, should a crisis ariseover the conduct of the polls.
ASA-USA, to this end, calls on Prof. Maurice Iwu to fix a new datefor the gubernatorial and other elections scheduled on April 14th2007 in Anambra State. Failure to do this will amount to grossmiscarriage of justice and a rape on democracy. Prof Maurice Iwu andINEC must act fast to avert the looming social unrest that mightimperil the safety and stability of Anambra State in particular andNigeria in general.
Signed: Dr. Nwachukwu A. Anakwenze (President) and PrimusOdili (Secretary)
Many Nigerians still feel disappointed that a man (Obasanjo)who had gained so much from Nigeria would cling so tightly to power,even against the popular will of the people, moreso with age, energyand fresh ideas for a new era not on his side.
Also, USAfricaonline.com review of Nigeria's recent history show thatPresident Obasanjo seems to be moving rapidly into the zone ofill-repute of his former military colleagues who, like him, refusedto leave office when it was time to go. Gen. yakubu Gowon in 1975;Gen. Ibrahim Babangida in 1993; Gen. Sani Abacha in1995, 1996, 1997,1998. More baffling many Nigerians we interviewed recall is thelessons of the excesses of the late Gen. Abach who jailed Obasanjowhile the former schemed to remain in power. For the specialreport by USAfrica multimedia networks' Publisher Chido Nwangwu,click on 3rdterm.
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His globalist underpinnings and outlook are truly reflective ofthe true essence of his Igbo world-view, his Igbo upbringing anddisposition. Igbos and Jews share (with a few other other cultures)this pan-global disposition to issues of art, life, commerce,juridical pursuits, and quest to be republicanist in terms of thevitality of the individual/self. In Achebe's works, the centrality ofChi (God) attains an additional clarity in the Igbo cosmology... itis a world which prefers a quasi-capitalistic business attitude whiletaking due cognizance of the usefulness of the whole, the community.I've studied, lived and tried to better understand, essentially, therigor and towering moral certainties which Achebe have employed inmost of his works and his world. I know, among other reasons, becauseI share the same ancestry with him. Permit me to attempt a briefsentence, with that Achebean simplicty and clarity. Here,folks, what the world has known since 1958: Achebe is good! Eagle onthe Iroko, may your Lineage endure! There has never been one likeyou!
Ugo n'abo, chukwu gozie gi oo!. ChidoNwangwu, recipient of the Journalism Excellence award (1997), isFounder and Publisher of USAfricaonline.com (first African-ownedU.S.-based professional newspaper to be published on the internet),USAfrica The Newspaper,CLASS magazine and TheBlack Business Journal. He has served as an adviser to theMayor of Houston on international business (Africa) and appears as ananalyst on CNN, VOA, NPR, CBS News, NBC and ABC news affiliates.
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