The All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) has reacted to the federal government’s threat to impose a state of emergency in Anambra State because of the state’s deteriorating security situation.
The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, said this during the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting in Abuja on Wednesday.
According to the Minister, the Federal Government is committed to ensuring a smooth election process in the State.
In a statement on Wednesday, APGA’s National Publicity Secretary, Barrister Tex Okechukwu, expressed displeasure with the threat and urged the Federal Government not to toy with the concept of establishing emergency rule in Anambra.
The threat was uncalled for, according to the party’s national leadership, because Anambra State has been regarded as Nigeria’s most peaceful state for over seven years.
The APGA also questioned the logic of declaring a state of emergency in Anambra State with less than a month till the governorship election, when it has yet to do so in worse-off states like Borno, Yobe, Kaduna, Niger, and Nasarawa.
The party asked President Muhammadu Buhari not to succumb to the deceitful machinations of a few desperadoes, instead focusing on the long-term benefits of maintaining the peace and growth that existed in Anambra State before the current instability.
It also recommended the government to turn inwards and identify those who are causing difficulty in the state rather than making a move that may harm our democracy rather than help it.
It also urged all well-meaning people in Anambra State to rise up and oppose the idea, claiming that it will undo all of the achievements of the current APGA-led government in the state.
“We reason that some persons are terrified to face the electorate in Anambra State and are developing a face-saving strategy to stomp on the will of the people,” the party’s leadership says.
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