Nnamdi Kanu’s call for boycott of presidential election is clearly unhealthy for the political life and social welfare of Ndigbo.
We should have learnt from the boycott of Anambra gubernatorial election which yielded no result up till this very moment. I recall vividly that Nnamdi Kanu authoritatively asserted that after the boycott of the Anambra guber poll, the Chief Judge of the state would be made the sole administrator and thereafter there would be a referendum. Many months gone, and non of those has happened, IPOB members have also failed to ask Nnamdi Kanu why — well, he of course cleverly has answer to every question albeit to intimidate and hypnotise.
It is very pertinent to note that a people cannot successfully boycott an election without being part of the electoral process or system. Had Nnamdi Kanu asked his members to register and collect their PVCs – for the same purpose of boycott, it would have been a different ballgame.
IPOB members are not registered voters, how then do you want them to boycott an election. Election boycott is not all about sitting at home at the day of election.
Let’s do a simple analysis of how an election can be successfully boycotted:
If the total number of eligible voters in the South-East equals 10,000,000 (ten million), and 8 million are all registered, and on the day of election, only 3 million votes, that election would be recorded as having being successfully boycotted because less than 50% of the registered voters exercised their franchise. This invariably means the majority of the voters have registered their lack of confidence in the electoral process in particular and the government of the country in general.
Now, in the case of IPOB:
Nnamdi Kanu as usual ordered IPOB members not to register for PVC. Unfortunately, those that even had theirs had it destroyed.
On the election day: If 3 million are registered voters and 2.5 million cast their votes on that day while about 5 million who never registered are seated at home, results from the election would not be invalidated because over 70% who registered also participated. You see how IPOB has failed in their uncalculated genuine bid?
Another important point: If the United Nations decides to conduct a referendum today in the South-East, they won’t meet Nnamdi Kanu, they won’t meet any Principal officer of IPOB. But they’ll meet the 5 Igbo governors and Ohanaeze Ndigbo whom Nnamdi Kanu and IPOB members constantly abuse.
If you’re not in tandem with the elected Representatives of the region you are supposedly fighting for, how do you expect to achieve a referendum? Practically impossible!
Lest I forget! Kanu during one of his recent broadcasts said that they (IPOB) would queue behind any governorship candidate from the South-East who endorses IPOB’s agitation for self-determination. According to him, they will not only vote for the person, but they would even sleep in the polling units to protect the votes of such person.
Now this obvious question comes to mind; why didn’t Nnamdi Kanu ask his members to vote for Osita Chidoka (in the 2018 Anambra gubernatorial election) who did not only embrace IPOB’s ideology but also identified with him in his trying times when some Igbo leaders were afraid to do so but he insisted on election boycott which failed intoto.
Everything is becoming clearer now. Something has obviously gone amiss!