He made the remarks yesterday while briefing State House Correspondents on the outcome of his meeting with the president at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
The governor stated that he reported to the president the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, for suggesting a possible declaration of emergency rule in Anambra State.
Obiano stated that the president assured him that he was only interested in a free and fair election in the state’s governorship election on November 6 and cited the example of his (the president’s) numerous attempts to win the election until his fourth foray in 2015 as a reason for a free and fair election.
Obiano called Malami’s statement unfortunate and questioned why he had not considered imposing emergency rule in crisis-torn northern states where there had been numerous killings.
The governor stated that he would contact the AFG to express his thoughts on his proposed state of emergency in the state. Apart from the recent security crisis, he said Anambra had remained the most peaceful state in the South East. He claimed that what was happening in Anambra State was incomparable to the situation in the North East, where Malami had never called for a state of emergency.
“I just got done meeting with the president, and I mentioned it, and the president didn’t suggest it.” The president is unwavering in his desire for a peaceful election in Anambra State. In Anambra State, he wants a free and fair election. That’s your president for the day. However, if members of his party are going around making insinuations and using his name to do things, the president has made it clear that he does not support this. “End of story!”
Obiano responded to Malami’s stance by saying, “Well, that’s a very unfortunate comment by the Attorney-General, Malami.” That’s a shame. I also informed the president, and this is not on the president’s radar because he is aware that Anambra has been the safest state in Nigeria for the past seven years.
“We will deal with these invaders from outside Anambra State, from neighboring towns.” We’re already at work. There is none. It is unfortunate to even consider declaring a state of emergency. Look at what’s going on in the north; they’re killing dozens of people every day. Is it enough to declare a state of emergency in Anambra because only 15 people were killed in two weeks? Malami made a very unfortunate remark. I’ll call him to express my displeasure with such remarks. He shouldn’t do it.
“Anambra is doing well, and don’t forget that Malami is on the APC candidate’s National Campaign Committee.” So, if that’s their strategy, they’ve already failed. When it comes to voting, the APGA will easily win. They’re attempting to figure out how to destabilize us. No! Anambra has no room for APC. In Anambra, there is no APC party. Anambra is an APGA state. In summary, what I’m saying is what’s going on in Anambra and the election that must take place.
The crisis and challenges are far from being comparable to those in the North West and North East, respectively. The assurance we have for this election is that it will take place, that we will have enough security to support the people and the APGA, and that Prof Chukwuma Soludo will be the next governor of Anambra State