‘You Cannot Stop Election in Anambra’- Police Dares IPOB
The police have told members of the separatist group, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) that it cannot stop the November 18 gubernatorial election in Anambra State.
The leader of IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, had vowed that no election will hold in the South East except the government holds a referendum for the people to choose whether they want to be a part of Nigeria or form a break away country, Biafra.
“If the federal government does not agree with us on a date for referendum, there will be no elections in the South-east, we are starting with Anambra come November this year. There will be no governorship election in Anambra State,” he said.
But the Commissioner of Police in Anambra, Garba Umar said no one, including members of IPOB can stop the election from holding, The Nation is reporting.
In a chat with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the police chief said his men are ready and capable of ensuring a peaceful election in the state.
“The election has been fixed by the relevant federal government agency. Nobody can stop it,” Umar said.
“We have the capacity to provide a peaceful atmosphere in Anambra State for that election.
“Nobody or group can issue such threat and succeed, because we have all it will take to subdue such threat.
“No group can do that. The people of the state have the right to have periodic elections to choose their leaders; nobody or group can stop them from exercising such right. We can’t allow it. It’s not done. We are fully on the ground and we can suppress such threats.”
He said the police are meeting with stakeholders in the state to ensure that the election is peaceful.
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