The Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, C. Don Adinuba, has raised alarm over plots by certain individuals to hijack the forthcoming governorship election in the state.
Adinuba made this known in a press statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in the state capital, Awka. He said, “The Anambra State Government has received credible intelligence reports about moves by members of a certain political party to use the instrumentality of the state to arrest key officials of the State Government anytime on trumped-up charges.
He alleged that desperate politicians want to use certain compromised operatives to perpetrate the act and noted that the aim is to hijack the governorship election. Meanwhile, he added that this information was yet to be made known to national security agencies.
He said; “The aim is to hijack the gubernatorial election. One of the meetings where the use of coercive apparatus of the state to carry out this plot has just been held in Awka, the Anambra State capital,” he alleged.
Therefore, Adinuba urged all the Anambra people not to express any form of fear but enjoined them to go about their normal businesses while the State Government takes every necessary action to ensure a free, fair and transparent election on Saturday Nov. 6. “We will continue to do everything possible to maintain the new tradition of free and fair polls.”
Meanwhile, the Anambra Police Command Public Relations Officers, ASP Tochukwu Ikenga, refuted the claims stating that the police command in Anambra is yet to receive an official report on such information and advised media practitioners to verify any information available to them before going to print to avoid misinforming the public.