The federal government has threatened to impose an Emergency rule in Anambra towards a peaceful conduct of November 6, 2021 governorship election in the State.
Abubakar Malami, minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the issue the threat when he fielded questions from State House Correspondents at the end of the meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC), which was presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja on Wednesday.
The federal government has the responsibility to sustain the democratic order and will do the needful in terms of ensuring that the election holds in the State,.according to the minister.
“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.
“So, within the context of these constitutional obligations, of the government or the desire to establish democratic norms and order, there is no possibility that is out ruled,’’ he said.
“So, what I’m saying in essence, no possibility is ruled out by government in terms of ensuring the sanctity of our democratic order, in terms of ensuring that our election in Anambra holds
“And you cannot rule out possibilities inclusive of the possibility of declaration or state of emergency where it is established, in essence, that there is a failure on the part of the state government to ensure the sanctity of security of lives, properties and democratic order.
“So, our position as a government is; election is going to hold, necessary security in terms of democratic order most certainly prevail for the purpose of this election”, stressed.
Meanwhile, News Agency of Nigeria, NAN has reported that two House of Assembly members in the State, Mr. Douglas Egbuna, (Onitsha North l Constituency), and Mr. Onyebuchi Offor (Ekwusigo Constituency), have defection at plenary in Awka.
Offor, who was also the Minority Leader of the House, disclosed that he consulted widely with his family and mentor on his decision to move from the PDP to the APC on Wednesday.
He said, “It’s time I join the party at the centre so that my constituents can feel and experience the presence of the ruling party”.
Egbuna also said that he defected to the APC after several consultations.
Mr Uche Okafor, the Speaker of the House, while congratulating the lawmakers, wished them well in their new party.
The lawmakers include Dr Timothy Ifedioranma, (Njikoka l), Carter Dike-Umeh, (Aguata l), Mr. Smart Okafor, (Nnewi North) and Mr. Lawrence Ezeudu, (Dunukofia).
With the defection of the lawmakers, the APC now has six members, leaving the PDP with four members, while APGA has 20 members in the Assembly.
Recall that four lawmakers elected on the platform of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), in the state Assembly, also defected to the APC last month.
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