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14 November 2017, 06:43 | Melissa Porter
IPOB members demonstrate in Onitsha
The warning came as the Igbo socio-political organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, dismissed claims by the proscribed IPOB that the November 18 governorship election in Anambra State would not hold.
IPOB said, "Wild, unfounded and foolish accusations about IPOB intending to disrupt the polls on Saturday as peddled by politicians, is not only baseless but completely unfounded".
It noted that the group may attempt to enforce its boycott of the election at all cost and this may lead to an outcome that threatens democracy not just in Anambra State but also in the South-east and indeed the country as a whole.
Human rights groups under the aegis of the Southeast Based Coalition of Human Rights Organizations (SCBHROs) have urged registered voters in Anambra State to exercise their rights and vote in the November 18 governorship election in the state.
The report, however, explained that with the determination of the state to conduct the election, it is likely to be conducted as planned as arrangements for massive deployment of security forces have already been concluded.
According to the statement, the Deputy Inspector-General of Police in charge of Department of Operations of the Force has been deployed to the state and will be assisted by an Assistant Inspector-General of Police and three Commissioners of Police to be in charge of each Senatorial District.
The security agencies are prepared to forestall any breakdown of law and order and to protect voters, other election actors and the general public toward a hitch-free election.
"Other security and safety agencies who are members of Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES) in the state are also deployed to complement the personnel of the Nigeria Police Force during the election".
It, however, commended the deployment of huge security personnel to the state for Saturday's poll, saying it would boost voters' confidence. No armed security personnel will be allowed within the polling units.
Speaking on Tuesday at an election stakeholders meeting organised by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Obiano said he wants his security details returned "immediately". No free and fair elections have ever been conducted in Nigeria's history, so Anambra State can not be an exception.
The statement reads in parts: "It is imperative for all, especially those residing outside the borders of Biafraland, to make contact with their respective families at home, to convey the reason why every Biafran should boycott all future Nigerian elections, including this upcoming Anambra State governorship, scheduled for next week Saturday".
"If such a group succeeds in creating scene here, it will only be preparing a fertile ground for our enemies to penetrate our territory".
"I am the governor of Anambra state and all the paraphernalia of my office must be there".
Professor Mahmood Yakubu, on Monday, warned the Anambra State staff of the commission against involvement in the electoral fraud.
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