Anambra guber: You can't stop polls - Federal govt tells IPOB


The Nigerian government has advised voters in Anambra state to ignore threats from the Indigenous people of Biafra (IPOB) group over the upcoming November 18th Gubernatorial Elections in the state. If you vote on November 18, you will die. "Those behind this would be disappointed because we are very ready for the election".

"We appeal to our fellow youths especially in Anambra State to be law abiding and to come out en masse to participate actively in the forth coming governorship election".

In addition, other security and safety agencies, which are members of Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES) in the state are also deployed to complement the Police. These are our brothers who were arrested at the same time with him and they should not be forgotten.

Human rights groups under the aegis of the Southeast Based Coalition of Human Rights Organizations (SCBHROs) have urged registered voters in Anambra State to exercise their rights and vote in the November 18 governorship election in the state.

"Also, no security operative or agent should be allowed to check vehicle papers on Election Day in Anambra State, and INEC must ensure that each of the 4,608 polling booths in the state is supplied with three functional and fully charged card readers so as to speed off the voting process and decongest the polling booths", the statement read.

She said, "It's to the advantage of the people that state and the Federal governments were approving the deployment of huge security personnel for coverage of the election, Mbamalu said". Powerful basted, making reference to the now concluded Operation Python dance of the Nigerian Army. "This Anambra election boycott will give our agitation unprecedented global momentum that would move world leaders to accept the inevitable democratic and peaceful break-up of Nigeria".

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"I am the governor of Anambra state and all the paraphernalia of my office must be there. As you know, the police are the first line of security and we can not usurp their role", Mr. Musa said.

"INEC will get rid of you if you do the wrong thing, and you are aware that those caught in the web of such negative act during the conduct of 2015 election are still facing the music", he said.

It also warned against those who are out to undermine the emergence of the popular choice of the Anambra People and to invalidate the genuine outcome of the election.

In a statement signed by the President Electorl commission in the state, Dr. Nkwachkwu Orji, he denied the rumour of missing sensitive election material. "We need to boycott the elections to avoid giving their government legitimacy and only presence of federal government in Nigeria military and police".

The report went further to disclose that it is likely that six LGAs may witness low voter turnout as a result of the IPOB call for election boycott, adding that these LGAs are the strongholds of IPOB and are likely to mobilise members and sympathizers to boycott the governorship election.