The Anambra State Government has said that the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the federation Abubakar Malami has confirmed it worst fears about Federal Government plot to impose state of emergency in the state.
It said this is being devised as a strategy to twart the will of the people in the November 6 governorship election and thereby impose an All Progressives Congress (APC) Government on the state
In a statement issued by the Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment C. Don Adinuba, the government said that the people having failed to be intimidated so they cannot come out to vote, the state of emergency will now enable the federal government to write the results they like.
Part of the statement read: “It seems that since these politicians have proved unable to intimidate the Anambra people from coming out to participate in the vote, they have resolved to impose emergency rule on the state.
“Not up to 15 persons have lost their lives since the new spectre of violence in the state. For a state that has for the past seven years enjoyed the well-deserved reputation of being Nigeria’s safest and most peaceful state, this number is pretty high.
“But it is absolutely not even a fraction of the casualties the nation has seen in places like Borno, Zamfara, Katsina, Benue, Plateau, Yobe, Niger, Adamawa, Taraba, and others where terrorists have not only killed several thousands of civilians but also successfully attacked military formations and slaughtered soldiers and other security officers.
“They have even brought down some sophisticated combat aircraft. Were elections not held successfully in these states in 2019?” This is not to talk of the situation in some South East states under APC.
It lamented that all sorts of strategy had been adopted to inflame Anambra ranging from court cases, frequent change of police Commissioners, and so on.
It also noted that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was set to publish the final list of candidates participating in the election, and the government having proved incapable of subduing APGA and removing it candidate Professor Soludo now vested interests are resorting to the idea of emergency rule, through which they hope to capture Anambra State by all means and impose their lackey on a great, successful, robust and independent-minded people.
It described the plan as a handwork of “an infinitesimal clique of politicians to conquer Igbo people and make the Southeast a vassal state.
“They want to impose on us those the great Professor Chinua Achebe famously described as renegades who are committed to make Anambra a bankrupt and lawless fiefdom.
“Anambra State, having made huge progress in recent years, cannot go back to the Dark Ages. Senator Chris Ngige, a worthy former governor of this state who is currently the Minister of Labour and Employment, is right to state that the November 6 election in Anambra State provides a historic choice for the people to choose between eternal slavery and perpetual freedom.”