From Maurice Okafor, Enugu
A socio-cultural organisation with concern on economic development of the South East zone, the Alaigbo Development Foundation (ADF) has said that the 2019 general elections would not change anything in the country because the process was already being manipulated.
ADF therefore called on similar organisations which believe in restructuring as the best option to hastening development across the zones to collectively work out programmes to achieve the objective before the 2019 general elections were held.
The eminent Igbo group described the elections as being fraudulently packaged by the authorities and its allies.
ADF restated the call for restructuring of Nigeria at its meeting on Tuesday at Dmatel Hotel Enugu, while reviewing the state of the nation.
In its 12-point communique issued after the meeting which was co-signed by ADF President, Prof. Uzodinma Iwuala and Secretary, Prof. Nath Aniekwu, ADF said: “ We call on Ohanaeze, Afenifere, PANDEF, the Middle Belt Forum and all other socio cultural organisations of the indigenous people of this country, which truly are fighting for the emancipation of their people to urgently move beyond rhetoric and come up with clear time bound action plan for achieving the much-talked about restructuring in the next few months left before the so-called elections.
“ADF is ever ready to cooperate with such bodies for the common good of the oppressed people of this nation,” Iwuala said.
The group said that some pan Igbo organisations had agreed with its position that the Igbo nation would not participate in future elections in the country until it is recognised as an autonomous region.
Iwuala said that ADF and some major pan Igbo organisations had declared that nothing short of recognising Alaigbo as an autonomous region in a new federal union can guarantee the continued participation of Alaigbo in any political union with her neighbours in the present Nigerian Federation.
ADF said it has noted that the “present ugly state of the nation climaxed with reign of impunity, violation of the constitution and laws of the land, utter disregard of court decisions, open intimidation, emasculation, desecration and demobilisation of the national assembly and Judiciary are a clear pointer that dictatorship has overrun democracy in the polity of the federal republic of Nigeria and the centre can no longer hold.
“The climax of this is exemplified by the chairman of the ruling party, APC inadvertently public barring his mind on the ideology of his party by saying that ‘those who cannot undergo the pains of rigging should not venture into politics’. ADF stated.
‘ADF sees no solution to the endemic crises rocking the federation through the forthcoming 2019 elections. Therefore, the Council of ADF calls for a properly constituted political conference of all ethnic nationalities for a new federal union constitution that recognises the rights to self-determination of the constituent nations,” he said.