By Sunny A. David, Awka
The Governor of Anambra State Chief Willie Obiano has expressed optimism that the forthcoming elections will be peaceful, free, fair and credible.
Addressing the press shortly after an Emergency Security Council Meeting at the Governor’s Lodge, Amawbia, Governor Willie Obiano said that security agencies in the State are ready to aid a peaceful election.
Governor Obiano who called on Ndi Anambra to come out and exercise their civic duty of voting, noted that having been briefed, security agencies in the State are all on alert to maintain law and order
Concerning the recent fire incident at the INEC headquarters in Awka, Governor Obiano stressed that having been briefed, necessary security measures have been put in place while fire equipment has been deployed to all INEC offices and locations in the State, among additional measures to prevent a reoccurrence as investigation has commence to unravel the cause of the inferno.
Meanwhile, INEC said it has taken immediate measures to ameliorate the fire disaster by mopping up some of the spare Card Readers from other States to deploy to Anambra State.
Speaking in Abuja, the National Commissioner and Chairman Information and Voter Education Committee Mr. Okoye said with the steps so far taken, the Commission remains confident that the election in the state will proceed as scheduled.
Mr. Okoye said that in the meantime INEC had reported the incident to the Police and the Fire Service and investigations into the cause had commenced.
Also the State government has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to endeavour to conduct a free, fair and credible election in the state as done in the previous voting exercises.
Governor Willie Obiano made the call during the 2019 general elections stakeholders’ forum organized by the INEC at the Professor Dora Akunyili Women’s Development Centre, Awka.
The event which was an interactive section, attracted members of the Civil Society Organizations, women groups, political parties, Security Chiefs, as well as international observers from the United States, and provided the participants the opportunity to rob minds with officials of the INEC on how to ensure acceptable voting process in the state.
Governor Obiano represented by the Deputy, Dr. Nkem Okeke who commended INEC on arrangements already put into place towards ensuring free, fair and credible elections in the state, encouraged them to make sure people’s will prevail in the elections.
The Governor solicited for the adequate assistance of the security agencies during the elections to ensure people’s safety and freedom to vote for candidates of their choice.
He then called on the state residents to come out en-mass to exercise their voting right, and not to allow themselves to be intimidated or manipulated by selfish politicians.
By Sunny A. David, Awka