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Opinion: How Willie Obiano Can Cripple IPOB From Stopping Anambra's Governorship Poll

Recently, Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State expressed his displeasure over what the Attorney General of the Federation, Malami said regarding to the declaration of a State of emergency in Anambra. Malami had earlier stated that the government might declare a state of emergency in Anambra in order to ensure that the governorship poll will go successfully. However, after the governor visited the President on the issue, it was confirmed that President Buhari was not in support of declaring a state of emergency in Anambra.

IPOB'S THREAT

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) have become a major separatist group in Nigeria whose interest is embedded on dividing the country. IPOB had earlier threatened that Anambra State governorship poll will not hold. Notably, ever since they issued this statement, the level of insecurity and criminality in Anambra State increased. It could be inferred that the separatist group may work towards stopping the poll as they threatened.

In this regard, here are two smart moves Willie Obiano should make ahead of November 6th to cripple IPOB's plans of stopping the governorship poll.

PROVIDING MORE SECURITY FORCES ON INEC FACILITIES

This is a very important step to take ahead of November 6th. Willie Obiano should make provisions to ensure that INEC facilities all over the State should be well secured and made free from attacks. It is quite predictable that the enemies of the State might want to make plans to destroy INEC facilities in order to make the governorship poll not to hold, hence, in order to avoid this, more security forces should be supplied across Anambra's INEC facilities.

SENSITIZING THE PUBLIC TO PARTICIPATE COURAGEOUSLY IN THE GOVERNORSHIP POLL

Following how IPOB has threatened that Anambra's governorship poll will not hold, this might naturally instigate fear in the general public and make them not to participate actively in the forthcoming election. In order to ensure ample participation from the people of Anambra, Governor Willie Obiano should host sensitization programmes ahead of November 6th, that will encourage them to participate courageously in the poll. This smart move would serve as an avenue to assure the people that the government has the capacity to subdue IPOB and its threats.

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