Senator Stella Oduah representing Anambra North, has urged residents of Anambra State to exercise their franchise which is their constitutional mandate in the November 18 governorship election in the state.
Ms. Oduah made this call while speaking with journalists in Abuja on Sunday, according to a statement from her office.
The former Aviation Minister who withdrew from the PDP governorship primary which produced Oseloka Obaze as the party’s flag bearer, stressed that irrespective of political affiliation, interest of the state comes first.
She noted that failure to exercise franchise in the forthcoming election could lead to the declaration of state of emergency in the state.
This is coming as the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, threatened Anambra electorates with death if they come out to vote on Saturday.
The members of the group who marched around some streets in Onitsha on Friday, vowed to create a lockdown on the day of the election.
Reacting to this however, Ms. Oduah warned Anambra residents of the consequences of ignoring the polls.
“Our constitution does not allow for half a minute space between the incumbent tenure being over and the next tenure,” she said.
“Therefore if we fail to come out and cast our vote to have a new governor, what will happen is that the Federal Government will provide an administrator and declare a state of emergency.
“It means that democracy will elude us, the administrator that would be governing us would not be who we voted for or who we desire; that is not what we want.
“Therefore we must not allow ourselves to be disenfranchised, we must make sure that we come out on November 18th and vote.”
She urged residents to embrace peace while calling on leaders to caution their subjects.
“What Anambra needs now more than anything is peace, we need peace for progress, we need peace for security, we need peace to sustain the development that is coming and that has come. We do not need violence, we have had enough killings, thank God we have security in Anambra more than most states; we must make sure that is sustained.
“Most importantly our basic human right that is enshrined in the constitution and gives us the power to choose who governs us must not be denied us.
“We will be denying ourselves that if we fail to come out and vote and protect our vote. It is extremely important that we understand this.
“I am pleading that all leaders should come out and tell their followers to come out and vote come 18th of November.
“We have been enjoying a very peaceful and secured state, people are now home-bound, investments are coming, human capital is being developed. To sustain that and to ensure that we are not disenfranchised, we must not stay at home on the 18th, we must exercise our civic rights. Nobody should voluntarily disenfranchise himself or herself, it is an abnormality.
“This is not about party, it is about saving our state. It is about making sure that our youth, women and children have a peaceful and enabling environment where good governance and policies will thrive.”
Source: ( Premium Times )
BREAKING: NBC Sanctions AIT, Channels, AriseTV Over Lekki Shooting
Three Nigerian television broadcasting media houses have been fined a sum of nine million Naira (N9,000,000) by the National Broadcasting Commission, NBC over the coverage of the nationwide #EndSARS protest against police brutality.
Channels Television, AIT and Arise TV were each awarded an N3m fine over “unprofessional coverage” of the EndSARS protests across the nation.
The declaration was announced during a press conference on Monday, October 26 at the federal capital territory, Abuja, by the acting Director-General of the NBC, Prof. Armstrong Idachaba.
Shehu Sani Reacts As FG Considers Giving Electricity To Chad
Former lawmaker, Senator Shehu Sani has described the plan of the Federal Government to export electricity to Chad as absurd.
In a report circulated by PUNCH, it is believed that the federal government is considering supplying electricity to the Republic of Chad following a recent request by the neighboring country.
This follows a statement by the government-owned Transmission Company of Nigeria that a meeting was held last week to discuss the possibilities of connecting the neighboring country.
The report has led to widespread condemnation of the government by Nigerians, querying how a country that doesn’t have stable electricity plans to export the little it generates.
Reacting to the report, the former lawmaker wrote:
“The idea of the FG exporting electricity to Chad in the midst of our ‘national darkness’ is absurd.”
The idea of the FG exporting electricity to Chad in the midst of our ‘national darkness’ is absurd.
— Senator Shehu Sani (@ShehuSani) October 26, 2020
NASS Will Secure Justice For Police Brutality Victims, Ensure Five-Point Demands Are Implemented – Lawan
Senate President, Ahmad Lawan has assured that the National Assembly will get justice for victims of police brutality.
Lawan said the legislature will collaborate with the executive to ensure that rights abuses by personnel of the disbanded Police Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) are probed.
The lawmaker, in a statement on Monday, noted that the government has shown a commitment to implement the five-point demands of the #EndSARS protesters.
“I want to seize this opportunity to re-assure our youths that the National Assembly will collaborate with the Executive to ensure justice for victims of misconduct and rights abuses by personnel of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police.
“In the same vein, to discourage impunity, we will insist that the perpetrators of the alleged abuses be prosecuted and sanctioned as appropriate.”
He condoled with the victims of the reprehensible violence and criminality witnessed in the last few days in many parts of the country.
“I send my condolences to the families of our security and law enforcement agents who have made the supreme sacrifices in the course of their service to their fatherland.
He, however, condemned the arson, violence, and looting in several parts of the country.
“I also call for a thorough investigation of every criminal act that we have witnessed in the past few weeks with a view to bringing to justice all those elements who have so callously destroyed public and private property”.
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