The Igbos have been banned by the Igbo Delegates Assembly (IDA) in the 19 northern states from travelling to their states of origin during the 2019 general elections.
Guardian reports that the declaration was made after a meeting of the Igbo Delegates Assembly (IDA) in Barnawa, Kaduna State. IDA, an administrative umbrella organisation of Igbo resident in the northern states and Abuja, is responsible for members’ welfare. The group comprises of executives, all Eze Igbos and chapter presidents in the 19 states.
The group warned that any defaulter would be fined an undisclosed amount of money.
The assembly further stated reasons for this decision in a statement jointly signed by President General Chief Chikezie Nwogu and Secretary General Austin Ofokansi Ifedinezi:
“We want our people to stay in their respective states and cast their votes. The era of running home during elections cannot be tolerated again. There is no need for us to go home at every election because if you do that you will automatically disenfranchise yourself.
We have done a lot of sensitisation. We have also educated our people on this and we all agreed. That is why we decided to place an embargo. And if you travel, IDA will fine such person(s),” the organisation said in a statement jointly signed by President General Chief Chikezie Nwogu and Secretary General Austin Ofokansi Ifedinezi.”
They also urged their members to abide by the laws in the society.