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MASSOB: Boycotting Voters’ Registration Exercise Is Counterproductive |RN

By Steve Uzoechi

 

The Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) has called on all its members across the country to endeavour, as a matter of priority, to register and secure their Permanent Voters Card (PVC) from the nearest Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) registration centre. This is also as the group noted that boycotting the Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) exercise and non-possession of voter’s cards amount to self-inflicted injury that may also derail their effort to realise the Biafran struggle through a valid referendum.

According to a statement issued by the group’s National Secretary, Ugwuoke Ibem Ugwuoke, the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of MASSOB presided over by its National Leader, Uchenna Madu, resolved yesterday that all Biafrans of voting age must possess a valid PVC. The statement read in part: “That possession of the Nigerian voters’ card is not merely for Nigerian elections only but for the Biafra referendum as the only identification card for eligibility of the people that will legitimately determine the Biafra actualisation through a United Nations observed referendum.”

It added that boycotting voters’ registration and nonpossession of the voters’ card amount to a self inflicted injury that may undermine future referendum on the determination of sovereignty for the Biafran state. MASSOB maintains that: “For the proposed state of Biafra to be ordered and declared by United Nations, the voting population of Biafrans through the registration and possession of the voters’ card must be captured in the national demography of the existing political entity called Nigeria from which the voting population of the coming state of Biafra is seeking separation.” (New Telegraph)

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