The Southern and Middle-Belt Alliance (SaMBA) has rejected suggestion by the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), that the Federal Government may declare a state of emergency in Anambra State to ensure that the November 6 governorship election holds.
LEADERSHIP reports that Anambra State has come under vicious attacks on public and private entities by unknown gunmen few weeks to the scheduled governorship poll in the state.
The group in a statement issued on Wednesday evening wondered why Malami would threaten to declare a state of emergency in Anambra while ignoring the northern states of Katsina, Kaduna, Zamfara, Sokoto and Niger States where it said a killings were going on.
The statement signed by SaMBA spokesman, Prince Rwang Pam Jnr., said that Malami should not forget that despite the killings in Katsina, Kaduna, Zamfara, Sokoto and Niger States, elections were conducted in those states without a declaration of a state of emergency.
“Our attention has been drawn to a statement credited to the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, that a state of emergency may be declared in Anambra for the conduct of the November 6, 2021 governorship election in the state.
“It is surprising that the Attorney General of the Federation will make such declaration seeing that such statement may lend credence to suspicions that the crisis in Anambra state is being orchestrated by some powerful political clique that enjoys the support of the ruling party to enable them rig the forthcoming governorship election in the state.
“Elections were conducted in Katsina, Kaduna, Zamfara, Sokoto and Niger states despite the killing festival that is going on in those states and the AGF did not talk about declaring a state of emergency in those areas.
“We note that security forces have moved into the South-East region to secure lives and property and therefore we call on Malami to bury the thought of declaring a state of emergency in Anambra State for the conduct of November 6 governorship election,” the group stated.