As the build-up to the November 6 gubernatorial election in Anambra State continues to garner momentum, a cloud of uncertainty has now surrounded the possibility of the election holding, based on the upsurge in the activities of secessionist groups and unknown gunmen who have launched series of attacks in the state recently.
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In the past few days, unknown gunmen have terrorized Anambra and its environs, with the murder of Dr. Chike Akunyili, husband to the late Dora Akinyuli, climaxing a week of bloodshed witnessed across the state.
Despite the many security woes currently being experienced in Anambra, the writer opines that IPOB and unknown gunmen would not be able to stop the Governorship Election from holding, as planned by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
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Why would the activities of unknown gunmen and IPOB not hinder the Anambra Gubernatorial Poll?
First, INEC and the government understand that the recent upsurge in insecurity may be part of a grand plan by unknown gunmen and IPOB to destabilize the state ahead of the election. With this knowledge, they would be better prepared to forestall any act of violence that might lead to a breakdown of law and order in the state while the election takes place.
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Secondly, both groups do not have the legal and social support to stop any election from holding in Nigeria. Ndi Anambra would come out en-masse, as usual, on the day of the election and vote for the candidate of their choice, under the guidance and protection of heavily armed security operatives; hence, the election would take place as scheduled, without any interruption from faceless attackers.
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