- The people of Anambra state has been advised to come out en masse and vote candidates of their choice in the forthcoming governorship election in the state
- The advice was given by the senator representing Anambra North Senatorial District, Stella Oduah
- She cautioned the citizens that failure to exercise their franchise could lead to the declaration of state of emergency
The people of Anambra state has been advised to come out en masse and vote candidates of their choice in the forthcoming governorship election in the state.
The advice was given by the senator representing Anambra North Senatorial District, Stella Oduah, following threats by some groups to the citizens to boycott the election.
Oduah who dropped out of the PDP governorship primary which produced Oseloka Obaze as the party's standard bearer, stressed that irrespective of political affiliation, the interest of the state comes first.
The senator who currently chairs the Senate committee on cooperation and integration, cautioned Anambraians that failure to exercise their franchise could lead to the declaration of state of emergency in the state.
This, she opined, may not augur well for people in the state, as there won't be any chief executive in the state to hold accountable for good governance.
The former minister of aviation also charged political leaders in the state to call on their followers to come out and vote en masse at the November 18 exercise.
“Our constitution does not allow for half a minute space between the incumbent tenure being over and the next tenure.
“Therefore if we fail to come out and cast our vote to have a new governor, what will happen is that the federal government will provide an administrator and declare a state of emergency.
“It means that democracy will elude us, the administrator that would be governing us would not be who we voted for or who we desire; that is not what we want.
“Therefore we must not allow ourselves to be disenfranchised, we must make sure that we come out on November 18 and vote,” Oduah told journalists in Abuja.
She canvassed for a peaceful election, stressing that what Anambra state needs now more than anything is peace.
“We need peace for progress, we need peace for security, we need peace to sustain the development that is coming and that has come.
“We do not need violence, we have had enough killings, thank God we have security in Anambra more than most states, we must make sure that is sustained.
“Most importantly our basic human right that is enshrined in the constitution and gives us the power to choose who governs us must not be denied us.
“We will be denying ourselves that if we fail to come out and vote and protect our vote. It is extremely important that we understand this,” she added.
She stated that it is abnormality for the voters to voluntarily disenfranchise themselves, adding that the election is not about politics, but saving the state.
Senator Oduah's call is coming a day after the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) threatened voters with death if they vote, vowing to disrupt the election.
In videos posted online, members of the group marched around some streets in Onitsha, Anambra state on Friday, November 10 vowing to lock-down the state on the day of the election.
But in a swift reaction, the Anambra state police command dismissed the threats, and asked residents of the state to go out en masse to exercise their franchise on the day of the election.
The command's spokesperson, Nkeiruka Nwode, said the state police command had concluded arrangements for effective policing of the state during the election.
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