Uneasiness over Anambra Governorship Election Poll

Uneasiness over Anambra Governorship Election Poll

There is uneasiness and growing uncertainty over the Anambra state governorship election polled scheduled for November 6. The worries are accentuated by the spate of attacks and general state of insecurity in the state. The political parties and their candidates have been forced to halt their campaigns while the electoral umpire, the Independent National Electoral

There is uneasiness and growing uncertainty over the Anambra state governorship election polled scheduled for November 6. The worries are accentuated by the spate of attacks and general state of insecurity in the state.

The political parties and their candidates have been forced to halt their campaigns while the electoral umpire, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has stepped up series of review meetings aimed at evaluating the situation but still determined to go on with the election as scheduled.

The killing of Dr Chike Akunyili, Medical Director of St Leo’s hospital, TransEkulu, Enugu, the husband of the late Prof Dora Akunyili, former Director General, National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) was the straw that broke the camel’s back.

While his assailants are still being sought after, the Indigenous People of Biafra’s persistent sit-at- home order and other activities have also unsettled the peaceful atmosphere in the entire South East geo-political zone. Governor Obiano of Anambra state has promised to give N20 million reward to whoever could help unveil the killers of Dr. Akunyuli.

There are cases of other killings and kidnappings in the state. As an aftermath, several politicians are said to have gone into hiding for fear of their lives. Recently, a policeman and the driver of a federal lawmaker were killed while a police station was set on fire. Banners and bill boards bearing campaign massages are being pulled down while branded campaign vehicles are hardly seen on the streets.

Senator Andy Uba, governorship candidate of the APC in Anambra, on Saturday suspended the flag-off of his campaign due to the killings.

INEC has announced that it will hold an emergency Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security on the Anambra election today. Director, Voter Education and Publicity, INEC, Victor Ayodele Aluko, said that the meeting would among others deliberate on the way forward on the Anambra governorship election.

INEC Chairman Prof. Mahmood Yakubu had last Wednesday expressed fears over the worsening security challenges in the state. But its National Commisioner on Information and Voter Education was optimistic that the election would hold.

What the effect of the state of insecurity would be on voters turn out on the day of election is yet to be seen but citizens of the state want the election to hold and have urged the government to step up number of security personnel in the state towards the election day and on the day of election proper.

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