Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra state has cleared the air surrounding his absence from the Southeast Governors’ meeting, held in Enugu state, on Tuesday, October 5.
Vanguard reports that the Anambra state governor said he deliberately decided to stay away from the meeting because some of his colleagues were allegedly sponsoring the current insecurity in his state.
Governor Obiano, who spoke through his special adviser on political matters, Chief Ifeatu Obiokoye said the governor could not fathom sitting to discuss security with ‘certain individuals’who were behind the violence plaguing his state.
Describing his critics as noisemakers, who were merely justifying the sponsorship of their benefactors, the governor said:
“Did you really expect my governor would be meeting, and dining with some persons ostensibly funding and sponsoring insecurity and terrorism in Anambra State?
“Be it known to all and sundry that the killings are politically motivated to create voter aparthy in Anambra and then manipulate the electoral process to the advantage of these desperados.”
Meanwhile, In efforts to make the presidency’s position clear on the matter of the state of emergency being advocated by Abubakar Malami, the minister of justice and attorney-general of the federation, in Anambra, the state governor has revealed the position of President Muhammadu Buhari.
According to Governor Willie Obiano, the minister is on his own because his idea has no backing of the presidency,Premium Times reports .
Obiano disclosed this to State House Correspondents after a meeting with Buhari in the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The governor revealed how unhappy he was with Malami’s statement said he had reported the minister to the president,Punch Newspaper added.
Governor Obiano added that the threat was unfortunate. He said he was surprised Malami had not contemplated the imposition of emergency rule in northern states during massive killings occasioned by banditry.
In another development, the ruling party in Anambra state, the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has accused the opposition party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) of plotting to rig the forthcoming governorship election.
It was gathered that the national coordinator of APGA media warriors forum, Evangelist Chinedu Obigwe, has said that APC and its candidate are afraid of a free and fair contest and are resorting to clandestine and crooked methods to achieve victory in the Saturday, November 6,election.
Obigwe, in a statement issued in Awka, claimed that the APC and its candidate, Andy Uba, are aware that their chances of winning the guber election was very slim, ‘hence their reason for plotting desperately to have an easy ride to rig the election, The Sun News reported.
The APGA Chieftain advised Anambra voters to remain vigilant, noting that killers are allegedly being sponsored to maim and kill.
He advised Anambra voters to stand their ground and reject those desperate for power at all cost.