The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has warned against imposing a state of emergency in Anambra State ahead of November 6 governorship election in the state.
The party issued this warning in a statement released by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, in Abuja on Wednesday.
The party noted the federal government has the capacity to maintain peace in Anambra, before, during and after the state election.
The PDP alleged that a move to impose state of emergency in Anambra State was a plot to suppress the people, manipulate the process and rig the governorship election for the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its candidate.
The party stated that its demand was based on apprehensions in the public space that the spate of insecurity in Anambra was device to cause tension in the state so as to derail the democratic process.
“The PDP insists that the federal government has the capacity to ensure peace in Anambra before, during and even after the election, if it so desired.
“We therefore invite the President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC Federal Government to be guided accordingly,” the party stated.
The PDP also charged the people of Anambra State to stay calm and take steps within the provision of the law to resist plots to distort the state electoral process in the state.
Also, pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, on Wednesday has rejected state of emergency in Anambra, thereby, challenged elders and leaders in the South-East to step in in order to stop the killings in the region.
The group in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Jare Ajayi, said the announcement by the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, that the federal government may declare a state of emergency in Anambra State is “a self-indictment.”
Besides, Afenifere noted that the AGF’s threat of emergency declaration amounted to hypocrisy because no state of emergency had been announced in states like Borno, Zamfara, Katsina, Kaduna, Benue, Plateau and Niger “Where even sections of local governments are under the control of bandits as announced by the state governor.”
Afenifere said that due to the current situation, the state governments could be administratively allowed to establish state police forces while a quick amendment is made to the relevant sections of the constitution to that effect.