The elections into Anambra’s Football Association which was scheduled to hold between 27th and 28th July has been postponed indefinitely, following directives from the State government to arrest the group’s leaders or anyone who goes ahead with the election.
According to Mr. C. Don Adinuba, the state’s Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, the election was clearly a breach in the state’s coronavirus safety protocol. As a result, the state security agencies have been given the green light to arrest and detain the group’s leaders and anyone who chooses to violate the safety precautionary methods by participating in the elections.
In his words, “It has been observed with profound regret that in spite of the efforts of the people and government of the state to make our dear state remain the safest place in the country and beyond, even in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, there are certain individuals and groups determined to brazenly flout the directives and law meant to prevent the spread of the contagion in the state.
Furthermore, Adinuba stated that the decision to participate in the election is reckless and in gross violation of the state’s directive. This is given the fact that elections into the board of the Anambra State Football Association and Anambra State Local Football Councils are by no means an emergency. To this end, elections in the state have been postponed until further notice.
Elsewhere, Obinna Dike, the Chairman of Media publicity, sub-committee of the Electoral committee reiterated in a press statement that the postponement was due to request from the Anambra State Government, pointing that the election should be delayed. Expressing the committee’s regret and inconvenience caused by the abrupt postponement of the election stated: “In view of this development, the Electoral Committee wishes to inform the general public that the election earlier fixed for the 27th and 28th July 2020 will no longer hold as scheduled. We regret any inconvenience this sudden postponement may cause to the candidates, delegates, observers, stakeholders, and the general public”.