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Obiano hits Malami over emergency rule comments on Anambra

By Terhemba Daka, Abuja
07 October 2021   |   11:24 am
Governor of Anambra, Willie Obiano on Thursday came hard on the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, upbraiding the AGF over remarks subliminally calling for a declaration of emergency rule in the state ahead of the November 6 governorship elections in the state. The AGF on Wednesday said "no possibility will be ruled out…
Willie Obiano

Willie Obiano. Photo; WILLIEMOBIANO

Governor of Anambra, Willie Obiano on Thursday came hard on the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, upbraiding the AGF over remarks subliminally calling for a declaration of emergency rule in the state ahead of the November 6 governorship elections in the state.

The AGF on Wednesday said “no possibility will be ruled out inclusive of a declaration of a state of emergency in the determination to ensure a hitch-free exercise.

“When our national security is attacked, and the sanctity of our constitutionally guaranteed democracy is threatened, no possibility is ruled out.

“As a government, we have a responsibility to ensure the sustenance of our democratic order. As a government, we have a responsibility to provide security to life and properties.”

But, apparently irked by the remarks, Obiano who spoke with newsmen in the State House pointedly, stated that President Muhammadu Buhari is not in support of the action.

The governor, who met with President Muhammadu Buhari, said he has been assured that Buhari was only interested in a free and fair election in the scheduled governorship exercise in the state, citing the example of his (president’s) three previous attempts to win an election until his fourth endeavour.

Obiano described Malami’s statement as unfortunate and wondered why he had not contemplated the imposition of emergency rule in some states in the north where, he said, there had been killings left, right and center.

He vowed to call the Attorney General to express his dismay over the suggestion, maintaining that apart from the recent security crisis, Anambra state had been the most peaceful in the southeast.

Obiano also rejected assertions that members of the ruling All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) in the state house of assembly had defected to the All Progressive Congress (APC), saying that what happened was that the members were given N100 million each to join the APC.

He said the members were still stakeholders in the state’s ruling party, APGA.