The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and Southern and Middle-Belt Alliance (SaMBA) have warned the federal government against the plot to declare a state of Emergency in Anambra State, even as they berated the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami for saying that the Muhammadu Buhari’s government may be forced to declare an emergency rule in Anambra State any time soon.
The PDP and SaMBA in different statements in Abuja today, Wednesday, October 6, 2021, cautioned the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal Government to perish any contemplation of imposing a state of emergency in Anambra State ahead of the November 6, 2021 governorship election.
The PDP maintained that the reported move to foist an emergency rule in Anambra State is a ploy by the APC-led government to suppress the people, manipulate the process and rig the governorship election for the APC and its candidate.
In the statement by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP demanded that the APC and its administration should come clean on their roles in the sudden rise in insecurity in Anambra State ahead of the election.
“This demand is predicated on apprehensions in the public space that the spate of insecurity in Anambra is contrived to heighten tension in the state so as to derail the democratic process to the advantage of the APC,” the party said.
The PDP insisted that the federal government has the capacity to ensure peace in Anambra before, during and even after the election, if it so desired, adding, “we therefore invite the President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC Federal Government to be guided accordingly.
“Our party also charges the people of Anambra State to remain calm and alert as well as take steps within the ambits of the law to resist plots by the APC to derail the electoral process in its inordinate ambition to seize Anambra through the back door.”
Our Reporter says there are strong indications the federal government may wield the big stick in Anambra State, if the current state of lawlessness and insecurity continues unabated.
The Attorney General of the Federation, AGF, and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami gave the indication while answering questions from State House Correspondents. He stated that the Buhari’s government may be forced to declare a state of emergency if the security situation in the state did not improve.
Malami spoke at the end of the virtual Federal Executive Council, (FEC), meeting, presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The Minister said that government has the responsibility to sustain the democratic order and will do the needful in terms of ensuring that the election holds.
He maintained that nobody should rule out any possibility including the declaration of a state of emergency in the state, adding, “When our national security is attacked, and the sanctity of our constitutionally guaranteed democracy is threatened, no possibility is ruled out.
“As a government, we have a responsibility to ensure the sustenance of our democratic order. As a government, we have a responsibility to provide security to life and properties.
“So, within the context of these constitutional obligations, of the government or the desire to establish democratic norms and order, there is no possibility that is out ruled.
“The government will certainly do the needful in terms of ensuring that our elections are held in Anambra in terms of ensuring necessary security is provided, and in terms of ensuring protection is accorded to lives and properties.
“So, what I’m saying in essence, no possibility is out ruled by government in terms of ensuring the sanctity of our democratic order, in terms of ensuring that our elections in Anambra holds, and you cannot out rule possibilities inclusive of the possibility of declaration or state of emergency where it is established, in essence, that there is a failure on the part of the state government to ensure the sanctity of security of lives, properties and democratic order.
“So, our position as a government is these elections are going to hold necessary security in terms of democratic order most certainly prevail for the purpose of this election.
“So, we resolved to have these elections; the elections are going to hold and no possibilities are ruled out in terms of ensuring the provision of security, for the purpose of the conduct of the election, as well as Anambra is concerned”.
Meanwhile, SaMBA) in statement scolded the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami SAN, over alleged plot by the federal government to declare a state of emergency in Anambra State to ensure that the November 6, 2021 Governorship holds.
SaMBA wondered in Abuja Wednesday evening why Malami would threaten to declare a state of emergency in Anambra while ignoring the northern states of Katsina, Kaduna, Zamfra, Sokoto and Niger, where a “Festival of Killings” are going on.
The spokesman of the group, Prince Rwang Pam Jnr, reminded Malami that despite the “killings festival” in Katsina, Kaduna, Zamfra, Sokoto and Niger States, elections were conducted in those states without a declaration of a state of emergency.
Their word, “Our attention has been drawn to a statement credited to the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami that a state of emergency may be declared in Anambra for the conduct of November 6, Governorship election in the state.
“It is surprising that the Attorney General of the Federation will make such statement seeing that such statement may lend credence to the suspicion that the crisis in Anambra State is being orchestrated by some clique in the ruling All Progressives Congress Party to win the forthcoming governorship election in the state.
“Elections were conducted in Katsina, Kaduna, Zamfra, Sokoto and Niger States despite the “killings Festival” that are going on in those states, and the AGF did not talk about declaring state of emergency in those states.
“We note that security forces have moved into the south east region to secure lives and property and therefore call on Malami to bury the thought of declaring a state of emergency in the state for the conduct of November 6, 2021 governorship election”.
Uche Nwosu is a two time Shell Petroleum PLC award winner in the year 2000;
He won the Shell Award on Investigative Journalism and Environmental Cleanliness.