Ohanaeze Youths Allege Anti-democratic Forces Target INEC Chairman


Mazi Okwu Nnabuike

The youth wing of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, a prominent Igbo socio-cultural organization, has sounded the alarm over perceived threats to Nigeria's democratic institutions. 

In a statement, they highlighted the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), led by Prof. Yakubu Mahmood, as a prime target of these alleged anti-democratic forces. The group also identified the Senate, particularly under Senator Godswill Akpabio, as another focal point of concern.

The concerns arise in response to calls for the resignation of Mahmood and Akpabio by a group known as United Nigerians in the Diaspora (UND). The UND has criticized Mahmood for his handling of the 2023 elections and recent political events in the country, while Akpabio faces accusations of budget padding.

Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide, represented by its National President, Mazi Okwu Nnabuike, condemned the calls for resignation, labeling them as the actions of enemies of democracy.

They emphasized that such demands stem from the frustration of failed politicians who are unwilling to accept electoral outcomes. 

Furthermore, the statement questioned the selective targeting of Mahmood while ignoring other actors involved in legal processes following the elections. Okwu urged Nigerians to defend democratic institutions and resist attempts to undermine them.

In conclusion, the Ohanaeze youth urged Mahmood to disregard the demands for his resignation and called on Nigerians to remain vigilant in safeguarding democracy against what they termed as "desperadoes" seeking to destabilize the system.

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