Gov. willie Obiano
The Anambra state Government has directed security agencies to ensure that the prevailing peace in the state is not breached by any person or group of persons.
A statement issued by the state Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment C. Don Adinuba, and made available to SummitNews, said the directive became necessary following alleged plan by some tipper drivers operating in the state to block major roads and streets in the state today, to compel the state government to conduct local council election.
The state government accused an unnamed “desperate” politician in the state of bribing some factions of the tipper drivers union to cause a breach of law and order in the state.
The statement wondered why the “desperate” politician could not wait for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to blow the whistle for the start of electioneering campaign for the November 2021 governorship election in the state before embarking on a clan before “corrupting” some tipper drivers to destabilize the state.
It explained that the issue of conducting council election in the state is before the Supreme Court, and urged opposition politicians in the state to await the apex court’s pronouncement on the matter.
The statement reads: “The Anambra State Government is in possession of intelligence reports of the plan by some tipper drivers in the state to start a politically motivated action tomorrow by blocking major roads and streets, ostensibly to ask for, among other things, an immediate election into local governments.
|”The drivers are being manipulated by a desperate politician who cannot wait for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to lift the ban on the electioneering campaign for the office of the Governor of the State which will hold in November, next year. He has been corrupting leaders of some factions of the tipper drivers union with filthy lucre.
“The politician seems too ignorant and desperate to know that the question of an election into Local Governments in the state is sub judice, that is, it is before the Supreme Court of Nigeria.
“Unable to accept the State Government’s victory on this matter at the Court of Appeal, a handful of opposition politicians escalated the litigation to the Supreme Court rather than accept the decision of the Court of Appeal in good faith and prepare for an election.
“Anambra has over the years remained Nigeria’s safest and most peaceful state, with a level of social harmony unknown in any other part of the country since the restoration of democratic rule. Any group of people who allow themselves to be used by a desperate politician to thwart the atmosphere of peace, harmony and solidarity will be made to feel the full weight of the law.
“All security agencies in the state have been directed to ensure that no illegal action capable of disturbing the public peace is allowed to take place tomorrow, Wednesday, September 16, 2020, or any other day in our beloved state. All our people are, therefore, enjoined to go about their normal business without fear.
“The state government would like to use this opportunity to thank most members the of tipper drivers union for their loyalty to the people of Anambra state. We urge them to remain law abiding and patriotic.”