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There have been many challenges in Anambra State, following the activities of the group people have come to know as the "Unknown Gunmen". The deadly group have caused many havoc in Anambra State, there have been many effort to apprehend these criminals, but they have, however, continued with these attacks. Many concerns have been raised about the forthcoming, Anambra State election, scheduled for 6 November 2021, due to the incessant attacks in the state.
One can not fathom out why an Igbo man will take up arms against another Igbo man. The series of attacks have undoubtedly brought agony to the families of those who have lost their lives in these, unfortunate attacks. In my opinion, I can't find any justification for these attacks. Taking out grievance on one's brother is the greatest crime to me. Aside from lives lost, the deadly group has also attacked and destroyed, different campaign vehicles attacked politicians and government installations.
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Although the Unknown Gunmen have not said anything about the forthcoming election in the state, one could, however, deduce that these attacks can disrupt plans for the forthcoming election. Following the sequence of attacks, the candidate of the People Democratic Party (PDP), Valentine Ozigbo had to suspend his, election campaign until further notice. The several warnings of Governor Obiano have not done much to stop the deadly group. The call for the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency in Anambra State has remained on the table.
The aide to the Governor of Lagos State, Joe Igbokwe recently backed the call for President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a state of emergency in Anambra State to curb the spate of attacks in the State. Recall that not long after his reaction, his country home in Nnewi, Anambra State, was on Sunday razed down by unknown arsonists. The People Democratic Party has kicked against the call for a state of emergency and has insisted on holding the forthcoming election.
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According to a report gathered on Vanguard, the PDP asked the APC-led Federal Government, to perish every contemplation of the state of emergency plans. In a statement released by the spokesperson for the party, Kola Ologbondiyan. PDP has disclosed that the move is a ploy by APC to suppress the people, manipulate the process and rig the governorship for APC and its candidate. The PDP demanded that the APC party should come clean about the sudden rise of insecurity in Anambra State Ahead of the governorship election. The Party also accuses the APC party, of trying to use the insecurity challenges in the state to their advantage.
The PDP further said the Federal Government has what it takes to ensure peace in Anambra State, before, during, and even after the governorship election. The party also advised the people of Anambra State to be calm and act according to the law. In my opinion, the reaction of PDP to imposing a state of emergency in Anambra State has different sides to it. How can the party be against the move, and at the same time accusing the Federal Government and APC of trying to rig election? The military has already started an operation to curb the insecurity situation in the state.
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It is the responsibility of the two parties, to ensure the operation of "Golden Dawn", in the state gets the necessary support to end the violence in the state for election to hold. The two parties need to desist from accusing each other and see to it that there is peace in Anambra State before anything else.
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