Nigeria’s Electoral Body, INEC Rules Out Dialogue With IPOB, ESN

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Anambra Poll: Nigeria’s Electoral Body, INEC Rules Out Dialogue With IPOB, ESN
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The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has ruled out the possibility of engaging the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, and the Eastern Security Network, ESN ahead of the November 6 governorship election in Anambra State.

The commission noted that it wouldn’t go out of its way to engage IPOB and ESN that had been outlawed by the Muhammadu Buhari regime.
The INEC spokesman, Festus Okoye, made this known during an interview with Arise TV on Thursday, noting that the commission had been engaging stakeholders including security agencies, civil society organizations and other relevant bodies.
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“We recognize political parties, we recognize the people of Anambra State, we recognize civil society groups and organizations, we recognize traditional institutions and the clergy. So, if they are part of civil society groups and organisations and they attend our programs, we will tell them what we want to do in relation to Anambra elections,” Okoye said.

“But in terms of IPOB, the commission will not go out of its way to go and engage with an organization that the federal government has declared as illegal. So we won’t do that,” the spokesman stated.

See Also: Comply With IPOB Sit-At-Home In The North & Lose Your Shops – Arewa Warns

INEC had earlier disclosed that the constant attacks in the South-East region did not pose any threat to the November 6 governorship election.
The commission had stated that the November governorship election in Anambra State would go on as planned despite the rising cases of killings attacks by unknown gunmen in the region.

Okoye had explained that in few days, INEC would deliver the non-sensitive materials that would be used for the election.

“As far as the commission is concerned, we are proceeding with the election. We are seriously preparing for the exercise. In the next few days, we are going to deliver the non-sensitive materials meant for the election. So, preparation is on top gear on the part of INEC and we are going ahead with the election,” he had said.

Source: Sahara Reporters

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