The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has warned the Federal Government not to impose a state of emergency in Anambra ahead of its gubernatorial election slated for November.
This was contained in a statement by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, on Wednesday. The Federal government had said it was contemplating imposing a state of emergency in Anambra State to contain the security challenges in the state ahead of the coming race.
However, the PDP accused the ruling All Progressives Congress that it wants to use the action to manipulate and rig the electoral process in favour of its candidate and party.
The party further called on the APC to come clean on its roles in the sudden rise in insecurity in Anambra state ahead of the election. They stressed that the federal government has the power to maintain peace in Anambra before, during and after the state election.
Parts of the statement reads thus: “This demand is predicated on apprehensions in the public space that the spate of insecurity in Anambra is contrived to heighten tension in the state to derail the democratic process to the advantage of the APC.
“The PDP insists that the Federal Government can ensure peace in Anambra before, during and even after the election if it so desired. We, therefore, invite President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC Federal Government to be guided accordingly.
“Our party also charges the people of Anambra state to remain calm and alert as well as take steps within the ambits of the law to resist plots by the APC to derail the electoral process in its inordinate ambition to seize Anambra through the back door,” the statement added.