Posted by Pamela Eboh, Awka | 7 April 2017 | 1,513 times
The Anambra State chapter of United Progressive Party (UPP) on Wednesday condemned the decision of South-East governors to intervene in the continued incarceration of the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, saying it is a belated interest in the unjust punishment being meted to Kanu.
In a statement by the Party’s Publicity Secretary, Mr. Uche Amaku, in Awka, he said the action of the governors has a silver lining of people fighting for their political future than genuine discomfort over the IPOB leader’s fundamental human rights.
Amaku said: “As a political party we do not know how to tell the rudderless South East governors good morning in the evening of Kanu’s travails, because we do not know where the governors have been all these while even when one of them collaborated with security personnel to undermine the rights of IPOB members.
“It is on record that a member of UPP, Ifeanyichukwu Okonkwo, was the first Igbo leader to bring the injustice against Kanu and IPOB to the public domain, especially at a time when none of the governors or political leaders could mention the word Biafra.
“Using the platform of his popular weekly phone-in radio programme on Solid FM, Okonkwo had called the bluff of the Nigeria Broadcasting Commission (NBC), by placing the issues of IPOB agitation and protests against Kanu’s illegal detention on the front burner of public discourse and consciousness.”
The UPP Spokesman observed that the later-day concern of the erstwhile South-East Governors Forum stems from their apprehension over the growing influence and clout of UPP in the South-East, particularly in Anambra State.
He described as an open secret that Ndigbo, including youths and women enamoured with Biafra have identified UPP as their special purpose vehicle to ventilate their desire to assert their political identity and independence.
The statement further reads: “They are not deceived by the empty promises of South-East governors most of who got into office through a debatable electoral popularity, most especially when they show manifest disconnect with the aspirations of the masses.
“We wish to place it on record that the same governors rejected the leadership of the lone All Progressives Congress (APC), even so would the party lose the forthcoming governorship election in Anambra State as a pay back to President Muhammadu Buhari for his unbridled disdain for South-East and Nd’Igbo.
“Interestingly, South-East based civil society groups, led by the International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law (Intersociety) have documented the unconscionable killings of young men who were engaged in religious activities dedicated to the remembrance of past heroes that lost their lives during the Civil War and in various massacre of the Igbo.
“Consequently, UPP believes that no matter how much they try, South-East governors cannot rewrite the ugliness of recent history, particularly their indifference to killings of the Igbo by security personnel and herdsmen.”
Anambra UPP also said that the youths and women have resolved to raise the bar of their agitation against bad governance and absent-minded political leadership in Southeast through their votes even as UPP has offered them a platform for self expression and wholesome political experience.
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