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Anambra 2021: INEC Chairman Reveals Final Position on Whether Election Will Hold or Not

Professor Mahmood Yakubu, the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has disclosed the final position of the commission on the conduct of the Anambra governorship election.

Nigerian Tribune reports that On Tuesday, November 2, in Akwa, Yakubu reiterated the preparedness of INEC for the smooth conduct of the election that is scheduled to hold on Saturday, November 6.

It was gathered that the INEC chairman was in the state to assess the preparedness of the state office of the commission and to meet with various stakeholders on the forthcoming election.

Yakubu also had an interactive session with the leadership of the police, Department of State Service (DSS), Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and Immigration, The Guardian also reported.

The INEC boss hinted further that he would also meet with the council of traditional rulers, election observers and other relevant stakeholders in the state.

On his part, Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr. Usman Alkali Baba, has vowed that the Nigeria Police Force and other sister agencies would see to the success of the forthcoming governorship election in Anambra state on Saturday,November 6.

IGP Baba who was speaking yesterday in Lagos, during a workshop organised by Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG), Zone 2 Command, Onikan, Lagos, Mr. Johnson Babatunde Kokomo, said he was affirmative that the Anambra election would be successful.

Daily Sun newspaper quoted him as saying: “We have provided two types of security in Anambra state.One, we are policing the election process to make sure that citizens exercise their franchise without molestation.

“Two, we are checkmating the activities of criminal elements like the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB),Eastern Security Network, and other criminal elements,who don’t want people to exercise their rights.”

Meanwhile, the three candidates in the Anambra governorship election slated for November 6 have called on the FG to dialogue with the Indigenous People of Biafra,a secessionist group proscribed by the Buhari administration.

The candidates made the call during a debate organised by Arise News in conjunction with Enough is Enough Nigeria on Monday, November 1 in Awka, the Anambra state capital.

The candidates are Senator Andy Uba of the All Progressives Congress (APC); Professor Chukwuma Soludo of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), and Valentine Ozigbo of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Speaking on the issue, Uba, a two-term senator who represented Anambra South Senatorial Distrcit in the Senate said:

“I believe in engagement. If you don’t engage them, how will you know what their problem is? I believe in engagement to dialogue because their problem is work, no jobs.

“In 2007 when I ran for governor of Anambra state, I engaged the MASSOB group that was involved. I went to visit the leader Ralph Uwazuruike in prison and talked to him about their stance against election in Anambra.

“I said let’s sit down and talk about it, and at the end we got it ironed out and there was election without violence.”

Soludo, a former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, said the group deserves to be heard.

His words:“I’m on record to have said that IPOB deserves to be heard,that the agitation cannot be shot down by a gun.“We need to have a dialogue, bring everybody to the table and discuss those specific issues that are their agitation.”

On his part, Ozigbo, a chartered accountant turned politician,blamed the federal and state governments for the way the group’s agitation has turned out.

He said:“There are certain things IPOB does through agitation that I support. But when they get to some extreme, I condemn them.

“The real issue is where is the heart of all of this? If not for the way the states and the federal government have handled IPOB, we wouldn’t be where we are today.

“Let’s start by accepting responsibility. We created extremism, so we need the right person to inspire hope for that dialogue to happen.

“When they see you as the problem already, you can’t be the one to negotiate.”

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