Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, while reacting to a statement reportedly made by Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), said that the ruling APC is trying to put his state into crisis in order to use its federal powers to impose a state of emergency.
Oyegun had advised Governor Obiano to “write his hand over notes and start preparing to vacate office,” ahead of the forthcoming November 18 Anambra State Governorship Election.
According to Obiano, Oyegun’s statement lacked democratic spirit.
“No doubt this statement, which we consider as coming from not just Chief Oyegun but from the ruling APC is a clear threat to Nigeria’s democracy and security in Anambra State. The Governor stated.
“We have it on good authority that they have been working at various options including an attempt to foment insecurity in the state to pave way for a state of emergency as a prelude to their take-over. What this requires is that Anambra people and Nigerians in general, especially lovers of democracy and good governance should be alert.
“It has again re-affirmed the undemocratic nature of many APC apostles and this is unfortunate for our nation, especially at this critical point in our history when democratic tenets should be nurtured,” He added.
According to Prince Oliver Okpala, Obiano’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Strategic Communications, the governor accused Oyegun of lacking integrity and moral ground to speak on good governance, saying that he doesn’t have such record.
“Oyegun’s declaration that his rudderless party will take over Anambra is also an unfortunate exposure of that undemocratic spirit and cancer that has befallen the APC. If what we practice is true democracy, where democracy is the government of the people, for the people and by the people, Oyegun could not have made such an unguarded utterance.
“If unchecked, APC’s negative political appetite will mean that the up-coming elections and the inherent display of the power of choice by the electorate will all be an exercise in futility. For them , since they control the Federal Government which is in charge of the crucial agencies such as INEC , the Police and other security agencies, then their sinister motive would be easily achieved.
“The naked truth is that if anything untoward happens in Anambra, the world should hold Oyegun responsible. Power is given by God and must not be sought for by killing and devilish orchestration. A destructive means cannot bring about a constructive end.
“Democracy is about the people, and its powers and legitimacy should flow from the ballot box, not the barrel of the gun, even as seemingly unattractive as that is. So, Oyegun and the APC must accept that reality, and refrain from their evil plot to forcefully remove Obiano from office come November 18 governorship election in Anambra State.
“His declaration that ‘APC must take over Anambra’ is a signal that they are bent on forcefully overturning the will of the people who are the true custodians of democracy. Sadly, this is not the first time APC chieftains are making such calamitous declarations. Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State had earlier said so when he inaugurated an illegal, thuggery gang which he said he will use to override the will of the electorate in Anambra, as if Anambra was a battlefield.
“Granted, as Oyegun said, Anambra is crucial to their plot of making inroads into the South East, but must that be achieved through undemocratic means which often leads to bloodletting and mayhem?”