The nine governorship contenders in Anambra State’s 2021 gubernatorial election from diverse political parties have joined forces to demand on President Muhammadu Buhari to release Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.
The governorship election in Anambra State will take place on November 6th, 2021, and political parties such as the All Progressives Congress (APC), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and the ruling All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) are expected to compete.
However, with the detention of Nnamdi Kanu, who was claimed to have been illegally arrested and transported back to the country from Kenya, there is tension and security threats in the region.
Well-intentioned individuals and groups have called for the release of the secessionist leader, who allegedly fled bail when his treason trial began in 2017.
The IPOB had issued a threat, claiming that the arrest of their leader will jeopardize the governorship race, and demanded that Kanu be released immediately by the Buhari administration.
They also urged Kanu’s release in a joint statement signed by candidates from the APGA, APC, PDP, LP, AA, ADC, APM, SDP, YPP, ZLP, and others.
The candidates made the request in response to the South East Council of Traditional Rulers and Representatives of Igbo Bishops and Archbishops’ significant concerns.
They added that their call is in response to the stressful climate and widespread concern in the region as a result of recent and ongoing violence.
“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,”
The statement said.
“We urge the Federal Government to take urgent steps to demilitarize the South East Zone and stem the heightened tension, skirmishes and endless bloodletting between the security agencies and our youths.”
They also called on the IPOB not to do anything that would hinder the smooth running of the election and to cancel all scheduled sit-at-home orders.