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Anambra Election: Five reasons why it is important

The people of Anambra State are fully prepared to cast their votes in the gubernatorial election on Saturday, November 6, 2021. But the aftermath of the election process is very different.

One of the issues being discussed is whether more voters will go to the polls because of security concerns in the region as a result of threats by the Biafran-based IPOB to block the elections.

Although the IPOB has withdrawn its threat to boycott the elections, it has threatened to seek re-election until its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, is released on charges of sedition and treason.

The importance of the election has drawn international attention to Nigeria’s southeastern state, including the United States, which has threatened to take action against “anyone who incites violence during and after elections.”.

The National Electoral Commission, INEC, reiterated its intention that “elections must be held on Saturday”.

The APC and the PDP are wrestling for power

The largest political parties in Nigeria are the ruling APC and the PDP, but they do not control Anambra State.

The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has ruled Anambra for 19 years, starting in 2005.

Former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor Charles Soludo was declared the APGA candidate on June 23 and was presented with the flag by incumbent Governor Willie Obiano on September 25.

That means he will face Valentine Ozigbo of the PDP and Andy Uba of the APC. In addition, there are others who are expected to run in the by-elections such as Obiora Okonkwo of the Zenith Labor Party (ZLP), and Ifeanyi Uba of the YPP.

The APC and PDP are expected to do everything possible to consolidate their power in the troubled south-eastern region by winning the Anambra by-elections.

If the PDP wins it will have control of 12 states across Nigeria, while the APC will get 17 if it wins the election.

Tens of thousands of police were deployed

As is customary in Nigeria’s gubernatorial elections, the country’s police force has deployed thousands of security personnel to Anambra State.

A total of 34,000 police officers have been deployed by the force, according to IGP Inspector General Usman Alkali Baba in October.

The number surpasses that of Edo State with 31,000 policemen deployed in the September 19, 2020 gubernatorial election and 33,783 deployed in Ondo State in the October 10, 2020 elections.

The force will also be under the command of two Deputy Inspector Generals (DIGs) and five Assistant Inspector Generals (AIGs) who have also been deployed to Anambra. Then, there are 14 police commissioners and 31 deputy commissioners.

IPOB prevents politicians and people from being free to their daily lives

Violence has already caused Anambra residents to panic over Saturday’s election.

Over the past six months, the state has faced a variety of violence including the assassination of key figures including politicians planning to contest the elections.

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) announced in October that it would impose a home rule from November 5 to 10, meaning it would not allow the 6th general election. But on Thursday it announced the withdrawal of the order.

“This (withdrawal order) has nothing to do with the security forces brought to Anambra, we just did what our superiors required us to do,” Nnamdi Kanu’s brother Emanuel Kanu told newsmen.

Earlier, the group declared Monday to be a day of solidarity and to honor its leader Nnamdi Kanu until his release. That forced the state government to return Saturday to school days for students in the state instead of Monday.

Politicians also avoided going to campaign rallies to avoid attacks.

Information on voters

– There are 21 local governments
– Anambra has 5,720 polling stations
– A total of 2,525,471 people registered to vote

First female Governor

Anambra is the only state in Nigeria that has ever had a woman governor.

Dame Virginia Deputy Governor Ngozi Etiaba, 64, became Anambra governor in March 2006 following the impeachment of Governor Peter Obi.

Although their parties are not in the lead in the election, six of the 18 candidates are women candidates. Therefore, if one of them succeeds he will not be surprised.

Biafra Struggle Center

The struggle for Biafra began in 1967, which led to a three-year civil war led by Odumegwu Ojukwu.

Since then, Anambra has produced a number of politicians and intellectuals who are fighting to establish Biafra, including Mr Ojukwu who hails from the town of Nnewi.

Among the leaders the state has produced in Nigerian politics is Nnamdi Azikiwe as Nigeria’s first president from 1963 to 1966.

There is also Alex Ekwueme, a former Vice President from 1979 to 1983.

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