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

14 November, 2017, 18:44 | Author: Eloise Marshall
  • IPOB members demonstrate in Onitsha

"The security personnel deployed will only operate within the area they are posted for the election", the Police said.

Nkeiruka Nwode, Public Relations Officer, Anambra State Police Command, said the IPOB march has no effect, insisting that the state police command had concluded arrangements for effective policing of the state during the election.

"We will put Anambra State on lockdown on November 18".

The warning came just as the National Orientation Agency (NOA) called on the electorate to disregard threats by the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and turn out to exercise their franchise at the polls.

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".

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. Willie Obiano, on the other hand, is working hand in hand with Gov. Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State to bring in Northern youths resident in the state into Anambra to vote for Willie Obiano as a reward for signing up to the war against IPOB. "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".

"We hereby warn all commercial vehicle operators to please stay away from Anambra State starting from the evening of the 17th of November because any vehicle seen will be regarded as hostile and working to subvert the will of the people".

Meanwhile, the INEC has scheduled a meeting with all the candidates for the November 18 governorship election in Anambra State for tomorrow in Awka.

"Security identification tag will be provided for all the security and safety agencies, INEC officials, election observers/monitors and others that have statutory duties to carry out in the election".

The party said that it wishes to "advise all purveyors of electoral malfeasance and brigandage who are neck-deep and hell-bent on rigging the election to have a rethink, repent and jettison the unwholesome, diabolical and untenable idea". "Voters are therefore implored to turn out en masse, without fear of intimidation, and freely cast their votes".

In the same vein, INEC has expressed its readiness to conduct a credible election.

"The destruction of lives and property can not be entirely ruled out at this stage as the group may not only resort to confronting the security forces but may also attempt disrupting the elections".

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.

"We are in Onitsha to tell the Federal Government to produce Kanu".

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