The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has kicked against plans by the Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government to impose a state of emergency in Anambra State.
Recall that the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, had said drastic action may be taken if the continued killings and violence in Anambra State does not stop.
Malami disclosed that the Federal Government may declare a state of emergency in the South-East state to ensure that the forthcoming governorship election holds.
The minister said the government has resolved that the November 6 election will take place, adding that the government is determined to ensure a hitch-free election in Anambra.
Reacting in a statement through its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP accused the APC of planning to use to State of Emergency to suppress the people, manipulate the process and rig the governorship election for its candidate.
The PDP also the APC to explain the sudden rise in insecurity in Anambra State as the governorship election draws near.
“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,” Ologbondiyan said.
“The PDP insists that the Federal Government has the capacity to ensure peace in Anambra before, during and even after the election, if it so desired.
“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.”