An Igbo intellectual group, Igbo Ndi Oma Forum has described as a breach of the Electoral Act which must be treated with appropriate sanction by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Oba Rilwan Akiolu’s threat to Ndigbo resident in Lagos.
President of the group, Dr. Max Nduaguibe in a chat with newsmen in Umuahia yesterday urged Igbos in Lagaos to ignore the threat and vote according to their conscience without fear of sanction or intimidation from anybody as a matter of constitutional right.
“We wish to reiterate that Ndi Igbo have the right to decide for themselves anywhere, anytime and particularly in Lagos State and everywhere else, for that matter, in this nation, to vote without fear of sanction or intimidation from anybody,” he said.
Nduaguibe, while assuring Ndigbo in Lagos that the Oba had no power to decide where any person or group should vote, wondered why Oba Akiolu would not threaten other residents of Lagos State who would vote against his candidate, including his Yoruba kit and kin but singled out the Igbos.
He said: “The Oba of Lagos, having now constituted himself into an unregistered political party, having admitted appointing, nominating and sponsoring candidates for election, should abide by the rule of the game by canvassing for votes and not threaten the electorate with mayhem if they did not vote for his candidate.”
Nduaguibe also called on the security agencies to ensure the security of all Igbo people in Lagos and elsewhere in the country.

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