Anambra Election: IGP, Ohanaeze Warn IPOB to Steer Clear

IPOB: We're Boycotting, Not Disrupting Anambra Poll

#AnambraDecides: Ignore 'Vote And Die' Threat, Groups Tell Anambra Residents

The coalition said the residents of the state should shun the "vote and die" threat by members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), which is meant to coerce voters into boycotting Saturday's gubernatorial election. All adequate measures to checkmate the excesses of IPOB and other unlawful groups with regard to the Anambra election are already fully in place. "Such an outcome, desired by IPOB would trigger a constitutional crisis as the term of the governor would have elapsed and a sole administrator will have to be appointed by the Federal Government".

Obiano said the withdrawal is a sign of what will come in the coming days.

The group said it is not true that it plans to disrupt the election, saying that its only plan is to boycott the election because it will not be anything different from others that have been conducted in Nigeria. This, it explained, is because the unions could mobilise vigilante groups in their various communities to checkmate the activities of the IPOB during the governorship election since Anambra State has one of the strongest density of vigilante groups in the South-east. "Those behind this would be disappointed because we are very ready for the election".

"The Deputy Inspector-General of Police in charge of Operations has been deployed to the state and will be assisted by an Assistant Inspector-General of Police and three Commissioners of Police to be in charge of each Senatorial District", the statement read.

The security agencies are prepared to forestall any breakdown of law and order and to protect voters, other election actors and the general public toward a hitch-free election. The security personnel have also expressed readiness to provide security for persons who wish to assert their democratic rights. No armed security personnel will be allowed within the polling units.

National Youth Council of Nigeria has appealed to Nigerian youth, traditional rulers, religious leaders and political stakeholders in Anambra to support the INEC in ensuring Credible and Non- violence election.

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.

"If such a group succeeds in creating scene here, it will only be preparing a fertile ground for our enemies to penetrate our territory".

"Every INEC worker must ensure that we all achieve our set goal of making Anambra State governorship election flawless and historic", he said.

The chairman of the commission, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, who stated this in a press release on Friday, said the electoral body was satisfied with the performance of the commission in the state.

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.

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