The Federal Government has urged the Anambra residents to ignore threats by the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
Naija News recalls that IPOB had been reported to have announced their plans to boycott, not disrupt the November 18 gubernatorial election in the state.
In reaction, the Federal Government has encouraged Anambara people to come out en masse to exercise their fundamental rights to vote for the candidate of their choice, at the state’s governorship election.
The call was made by the Director General of National Orientation Agency (NOA), Dr. Garba Abari, following the supposed “vote and die” threat by IPOB and reassured Anambrarians that security agencies are well prepared and on have been deployed to ensure the safety of voters before, during and after the election.
Abari said, “The renewed threat is not taking the authorities by surprise. All adequate measures to checkmate the excesses of IPOB and other unlawful groups with regard to the Anambra election are already fully in place. The security agencies are prepared to forestall any breakdown of law and order and to protect voters, other election actors and the general public toward a hitch-free election.
“Also, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is very prepared to conduct the election. Let no one be afraid or in doubt; the Anambra Governorship Election will hold on November 18, 2017 and will be free, fair, credible and devoid of incidences. The electorate is therefore implored to turn out en masse, without fear of intimidation, and freely cast their votes”.
IPOB had at the weekend renewed its call on voters to boycott the election in a campaign it tagged “vote and die”.
Also, urging electorates to disregard IPOB’s threat are prominent Anambra indigenes Senator Stella Oduah (Anambra North) and Nollywood actress, Ifemelu Dike.