Party representatives and some residents are currently on the streets of Awka, the Anambra state capital and some minor towns as at 8am this Saturday.

This is a positive deviation from what was observed Friday evening when streets were empty and shops closed down in what seemed like compliance with the sit-at-home order handed down by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

IPOB had issued a statement calling off the order, saying it had no business with the Anambra election.

There are more than 10 candidates fighting to succeed the state Governor Willie Obiano. The major contenders include Prof. Chukwuma Soludo of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Sen. Andy Uba of All Progressives Congress (APC), Sen. Ifeanyi Uba of Young Peoples Party (YPP) and Valentine Ozigbo of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Our correspondents covering the election day even though people are coming out of their houses for the election, the turnout may be the least in the history of election in the state which as at the last update has voter strength of about 2.5million.

The the previous elections, only an average of 15 percent of registered voters have decided who becomes governor in the state. This election may be the worst so far in terms of voter turnout.

The federal government had deployed heavy security presence in the state with the Police having the highest number of over 35,000 officers and men. Others include the Nigeria Army, Navy, Air Force, DSS, Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps, among others.

The measure according to government is to ensure that citizens go out and vote for the candidate of their choice without molestation by hoodlums.

In order to reassure the people, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Alex Ogbonnia applauded the decision of IPOB to cancel the one-week Sit-at-Home order earlier scheduled to commence on Friday and urged the people of the state to come out en mass to cast their votes.

He said that the statement by Emma Powerful, the spokesman of IPOB, that they have heeded the advice of the well-meaning Igbos was a welcome development.

Ohanaeze maintained that IPOB was a child of circumstance occasioned by orchestrated national political decisions, and which requires a political solution that it said the leadership of the South East are committed to.

The statement said: “Professor George Obiozor (Ohanaeze President General) urges all the Anambra indigenes to come out and exercise their franchise in the November 6 governorship election.

“The presence of security operatives in thousands should not be a source of fear and trepidation, rather a confidence-building dynamic by the federal government to guarantee adequate security of lives and property in the State.

“Ohanaeze Ndigbo requests the Chief of Army Staff, the Inspector General of Police and all the Service Chiefs whose men are involved in the Anambra election to ensure that the security operatives observe strictly the best global standard of rules of engagement with the good people of Anambra State.

“The federal security operatives should synergize with the traditional rulers, town union presidents and local community vigilante for effective coordination of the voting process.”

Ohanaeze Ndigbo informed the Chairman, Independent Electoral Commission, INEC, that a credible election in Anambra State on November 6, will redound to the reputation of President Muhammadu Buhari and Nigeria in the comity of nations.

 

 

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