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IPOB Still Protest Against Nov. 18 Election in Anambra

14 November 2017, 06:42 | Winifred Adams

IPOB members demonstrate in Onitsha

IPOB members demonstrate in Onitsha

The warning came just as the National Orientation Agency (NOA) called on the electorate to disregard threats by the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and turn out to exercise their franchise at the polls.

"If you vote you will die". To this end, the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has directed that a robust and elaborate security arrangement be implemented in the state to ensure a very secure environment for the conduct of a peaceful, credible and free and fair election.

Their key message is that Anambrarians should boycott the election; threatening that whoever votes will die.

If there is any group saying there won't be election, we want to put it to that group that the election must take place.

It added that no armed security personnel would be allowed within the polling units, adding that armed police detachments on patrol vehicles would patrol the streets and other locations throughout the state to prevent crime.

"There are already a number of disgruntled citizens in Anambra State who believe that IPOB has singled their state as a guinea pig that will make them the only Igbo state without an elected governor in the South-east".

"INEC will be holding two elections in Anambra State on November 18, the governorship election and the state assembly election for Idemili North state constituency". Powerful basted, making reference to the now concluded Operation Python dance of the Nigerian Army.

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"We hereby warn all commercial vehicle operators to please stay away from Anambra State starting from the evening of the 17th of November because any vehicle seen will be regarded as hostile and working to subvert the will of the people".

"INEC will get rid of you if you do the wrong thing, and you are aware that those caught in the web of such negative act during the conduct of 2015 election are still facing the music", he said.

Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, disclosed this in a statement yesterday.

The coalition also condemned the federal government's massive deployment of armed security operatives to the state to provide security formations before and during the Saturday election.

"Therefore, the Party urges the people of Anambra State to turn out en masse for the election without any atom of fear and make a loud and unmistakable statement by voting their own; the chosen APGA and its standard bearer; the workaholic-working-Willie; Willie Obiano". In a statement signed by the INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner for Anambra, Mr. Nkwachukwu Orji, it stated that there would be a meeting between the agency and the political partiesand its flagbearers at the Prof Dora Akunyili Women's Development Centre, towards assuring the candidates of a level playing field.

"The massive security deployment is also an indirect confirmation of earlier security information received by our leaderships alleging that the federal government has a special interest in the Anambra governorship poll and wants to capture the state at all costs".

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