The Association of Igbo Town Unions, ASETU, revealed on Sunday that it has yet to make a decision on which candidate it would support in the 2023 presidential election.
This was stated in a communique issued following the group’s meeting in Enugu, which was signed by the National President, Chief Emeka Diwe.
ASETU stated that it was intentionally postponing making a definitive pronouncement on its preferred presidential candidate “to allow Nigerians all over the world to make informed decisions free of ethnic or any other cheap considerations.”
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While expressing satisfaction at the level of political consciousness Nigerians are showing towards the 2023 Presidential election, the association called on the electorate not to approach the forthcoming presidential election with tribal sentiments nor primordial interest, “but to evaluate the presidential candidates and indeed all other candidates, from the point of antecedence, performance, integrity, justice, equity, track-record and deliverable ability.”
The communique said, “The Town Unions thank the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), for adopting the Voters Accreditation System (BVAs).
“The umbrella body of all Igbo in Nigeria and diaspora, is of the view that if the system is well-managed by INEC, it will go a long way in reducing rigging, over voting, ballot box stuffing and carting away, including checking other electoral fraud.
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“Also, Igbo Town Unions observed with appreciation the unusual patriotic zeal of Nigeria youths with which they pursue the collective goal of taking back Nigeria from those who have held it captive for many years.”
The Association urged the Federal Government of Nigeria “to prove its claim of abiding by the rule of law by toeing the path of honour, release Mazi Nnamdi Kanu immediately and unconditionally as ordered” by the Appeal Court of Nigeria, whose judgements are binding on all persons, institutions and structures in Nigeria.”
It denounced the federal government’s Supreme Court option in the Mazi Nnamdi Kanu issue and stated that unconditional release of the IPOB leader would calm tensions in the South-East and restore relative peace.
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