The leadership of the major opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission to consider postponing the governorship election in Anambra State if the insecurity in the state persists.
Mr Chukwuebuka Okoli-Akirika, the Anambra state Secretary of PDP, made this call while speaking in a telephone interview with The PUNCH on Wednesday.
He said though the election was expected to hold, it was impossible to conduct such an exercise where gunmen shoot at any person on sight.
Explaining that only the living can be part of the governorship poll, Okoli-Akirika specifically stated that the Federal Government should not wait till the day of the election to contain the killings and destruction going on in the state.
He said, “The election will hold, but if the issue of insecurity becomes more pervasive and uncontrollable, what the government should do is to postpone the election.
“I have always said that elections are for the living and not for the dead. Government must not wait till that day (November 6, 2021) before they can ensure the security of lives and property.
“If INEC could postpone the presidential election because of inadequate preparation; in Anambra State, we have a case of the clear and present danger, what the government should do is to think of postponing that election. After that, the government can contain the security situation and attend to the reason for the insecurity.”
Okoli-Akirika, who is a legal practitioner, however, attributed the insecurity in Anambra State and the entire South-East to injustice against Ndigbo, adding that there should be a change of attitude to ensure the people of the zone did not continue to feel cheated and alienated.
He said, “Ndigbo are not properly treated; we are being marginalised and treated as second class citizens. All these are causing violence, and the governors are not helping matters.
“They (government) should try to treat the cause of the insecurity and not necessarily the symptoms. The cause of the insecurity is injustice, nepotism, tribalism and maltreatment of Ndigbo.
“They were shouting that Nnamdi Kanu was avoiding trial, but it has been almost two months since they arrested Nnamdi Kanu and they don’t want to arraign him. So, that is not good.”