It is no longer news that people from the southeastern part of Nigeria called the “Igbos” who live in other regions in Nigeria like the southwest, or the middle belt or the northern areas are always fond of the habit of traveling back to their region of origin every time an election period approaches.
To this effect, news coming out from major news media headlines this morning Friday December 7th, 2018 is centered on the directive given by the Igbo Delegates Assembly (IDA) to the Igbo people living in the northern region of Nigeria with regards to the forthcoming general elections in February next year, among other news headlines.
The front page of the Guardian newspaper this morning reports that a ban has been placed on Igbos who reside in the 19 states that make up the northern Nigeria which does not allow them to travel back home to their states of origin so as to go and vote during the forthcoming general elections next year.
The ban was reported to have been issued by the Igbo Delegates Assembly (IDA) which functions as a central administrative organization of all the Igbo residents in all the 19 states of northern Nigeria and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja and is solely responsible for the welfare of its members at a grand meeting which took place yesterday. The Igbo Delegates Assembly (IDA) also agreed upon a resolution at the grand meeting which had in attendance all its executives, the Eze Igbos, and the chapter presidents from all the 19 northern states that makes up the group yesterday that a fine of an undisclosed amount of money would be issued against member of the group that disobeyed the ban order.
In a press release statement that was signed by Chief Chikezie Nwogu and Austin Ofokansi Ifedinezi who both function as the president general and the secretary general of the Igbo Delegates Assembly (IDA) group respectively, stated categorically that the habit of Igbo people running to their states of origin to vote every time there is an election would no longer be condoned by the group.
“We want our people to stay in their respective states and cast their votes. The era of running home during elections cannot be tolerated again. There is no need for us to go home at every election because if you do that you will automatically disenfranchise yourself. We have done a lot of sensitization. We have also educated our people on this and we all agreed. That is why we decided to place an embargo. And if you travel, the Igbo Delegates Assembly will issue a fine for such person(s).”
We eagerly look forward to the conduct of next year’s elections and we’ll see how the Igbo Delegates Assembly (IDA) and the Igbo people living in the north would conduct themselves during the forthcoming general elections in February next year.
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