… Warns that development may lead to violence
… Urges candidates to continue with peaceful campaigns and election
As the November 6, 2021 governorship election in Anambra State draws nearer, the Anambra State Elders Council has expressed worry over the “unacceptable level of personal abuse on the social media” which, according to the Council, “is not healthy for our people” and may lead to violence.
According to a communiqué issued by the former Secretary General of the CommonWealth, Chief Emeka Anyaoku and the Chairman, Anambra State Traditional Rulers Council, Igwe Nnaemeka Alfred Achebe at the end of the meeting of the Council at the Governor’s Lodge, Amawbia on Wednesday, the last two major elections in the state were free of violence even as it urged the people to continue with peaceful campaigns and elections.
“All political parties, their candidates, supporters and all ndi Anambra as well as the electoral authorities are enjoined to work assiduously towards a free and fair election. The results must be transparent and reflect the will of the people.
“We urge all candidates and their supporters to refrain from personal abuse and focus their campaigns on issues relevant to the peace and development of Anambra State”, the communiqué said.
It went on to urge the people to vote for the best candidate during the November 6, 2021, gubernatorial election in the state, even as it called on ndi Anambra to come out en masse and exercise their franchise and vote for the best candidate stating that “Anambra deserves the best.”
While commending the level of security existing in Anambra State especially in comparison with the other States in the country, the Council expressed concern that some non-state actors had been giving orders stopping people from working, including going to school and writing critical examinations.
“These orders have been detrimental to the people of not only Anambra State but also the Southeast political zone. We advise Governor Obiano to work in concert with the other Southeast Governors, Traditional Rulers of Communities, Presidents General of Town Unions and other community leaders to end the stay-at- home orders by non-state actors”, it further said.
The communiqué further disclosed that the Council took a tour of Anambra International Cargo and Passenger Airport at Umueri and the International Conference Centre, Awka adding that “we are impressed with what we saw and congratulate Governor Obiano on the two magnificent projects.”
“We shall continue to review the impressive development projects in the State being inspired and executed by Governor Obiano with a view to expressing our judgement thereon at our next meeting in the final year of his Administration”, the communiqué concluded.
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