Federal government of Nigeria has threatened to declare a state of emergency in Anambra to ensure that the November 6 governorship election in the state takes place.
This was disclosed on Wednesday by the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami.
He said this after the Federal Executive Council meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. He further said FG was determined to ensure a hitch-free election in Anambra, despite the wave of attacks and killings in the state.
In his words it reads:- “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 for lives 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 ruled out.
“So, what I’m saying, in essence, is that no possibility is ruled out by government in terms of ensuring the sanctity of our democratic order, in terms of ensuring that our elections in Anambra hold.
He also said no one can rule out the possibility of declaration of state of emergency in Anambra. Part of the statement reads:- “And you cannot rule out the possibility of declaration of 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.”
Meanwhile, the minister further disclosed Federal Government had resolved that the election will take place, adding that it will ensure the provision of security for the exercise.