November 18 Elections: Ignore IPOB threats - Nigerian Government

IPOB members demonstrate in Onitsha

"The security personnel deployed will only operate within the area they are posted for the election", the Police said. "Those behind this would be disappointed because we are very ready for the election".

This was disclosed in a statement by Mr. Jimoh Moshood, Force Public Relations Officer.

Human rights groups under the aegis of the Southeast Based Coalition of Human Rights Organizations (SCBHROs) have urged registered voters in Anambra State to exercise their rights and vote in the November 18 governorship election in the state.

Already, there is mild tension over the election after the members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) asked the citizens to boycott the excercise. No armed security personnel will be allowed within the polling units.

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.

The warning came as the Igbo socio-political organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, dismissed claims by the proscribed IPOB that the November 18 governorship election in Anambra State would not hold. "This Anambra election boycott will give our agitation unprecedented global momentum that would move world leaders to accept the inevitable democratic and peaceful break-up of Nigeria". "To tell them that the genuine power belong to the people and we are withholding it for good and sake of our freedom", Ogbonnaya reiterated.

"I am the governor of Anambra state and all the paraphernalia of my office must be there".

"Anybody insisting that there won't be election in Anambra State is an enemy of the people".

"Assurances by security agencies only represent necessary first steps".

The party said that it wishes to "advise all purveyors of electoral malfeasance and brigandage who are neck-deep and hell-bent on rigging the election to have a rethink, repent and jettison the unwholesome, diabolical and untenable idea".

"We demand from them a credible poll, to make sure that every vote counts and for the electorate to be the ultimate decider of who wins the election", it said. "Voters are therefore implored to turn out en masse, without fear of intimidation, and freely cast their votes", he said.

The INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Dr Nkwachukwu Orji, however, denied knowledge of the bomb scare.

"The destruction of lives and property can not be entirely ruled out at this stage as the group may not only resort to confronting the security forces but may also attempt disrupting the elections. Armed Police detachments on patrol vehicles are going to patrol the streets and other locations throughout the state to prevent crime and intervene to quell any violence that may occur during the election", the statement further said.

"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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