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Anambra State Indigenes Lawyers Forum (ASILF), has expressed their displeasure at the alleged threat by the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), not to allow the November 6 governorship election in the state to hold.
Speaking at an emergency press conference on the state of affairs in their home state, the president of the forum, Joe Nwokedi said that whether anybody likes it or not, there must be election in Anambra State and a peaceful one at that.
According to him, IPOB must not scare or try to disrupt the election, adding that doing that would even work against them.
He said that some of the demands of IPOB are germane, especially the issue of marginalization of the South East in the scheme of things in the country and the other injustices being meted to Ndigbo in Nigeria.
He stressed that any attempt to disrupt legitimate businesses or the election would not augur well for them.
Nwokedi said that IPOB should be made to know that they are trying to expose themselves negatively to the international community and that might warrant declaring them a terrorist organisation.
Also, the publicity secretary of the forum, Anene Nwadukwe, also frowned at the threat by the Attorney General of the federation, Abubakar Malami to declare a state of emergence in Anambra State.
According to him, the threat exposed the Attorney General’s deep-seated hatred for the Igbo.
He said that section 305 of the Nigerian constitution stated unambiguously, the conditions under which a state of emergency could be declared, adding that Anambra has in no way got to that point.
He said that a state that is about to witness an important election would naturally be tensed up and observed that what is happening in Anambra cannot be compared with what is happening in states like Kaduna, Katsina, and Zamfara and yet the Attorney General has not threatened to declare a state of emergency in those states.
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