Anambra Guber Poll: U.S. Threatens Visa Ban Against Violence Mongers

Anambra Guber Poll: U.S. Threatens Visa Ban Against Violence Mongers

Anambra Guber Poll: U.S. Threatens Visa Ban Against Violence Mongers


The United States has threatened to impose visa ban on those who instigate violence in the November 6 Anambra governorship election.


The warning was given in a statement issued by the US Mission in Nigeria on Wednes­day.


“The United States looks forward to a gubernatorial election in Anambra State on November 6 that is peaceful and transparent, with results that accurately reflect the will of the state’s residents.

“We will be paying close attention to actions of indi­viduals who interfere with the democratic process or instigate violence against civilian popu­lations before, during, or after the elections.

“We will not hesitate to consider consequences – in­cluding visa restrictions – for those found to be responsible for election-related viole

Baba, who addressed a stake­holders’ meeting in Awka on Wednesday organised by the Independent National Elector­al Commission (INEC) at Prof. Dora Akunyili Women Devel­opment Centre, Awka, said the arrangements covered land, sea and air.


He said that 63 units of Mo­bile Police Force patrol teams have been deployed to check the entrance and exit points across the state.


According to him, all arms of Nigeria security agencies in­cluding Navy, Air Force, Army and other paramilitary agen­cies are involved.


He said: “We have enough helicopters, speed boats and vehicles for security operatives to man the entire state”, he said.


Baba said that security op­eratives have identified all the flash points and have made ad­equate preparations.


“Under U.S. immigration law, certain violations also may lead to restrictions on family members. We call on citizens, electoral officials, party mem­bers, and security force person­nel to do their part in ensuring a credible and secure electoral process.”


Meanwhile, the Inspec­tor-General of Police (IGP), Mr. Usman Alkali Baba, has said that adequate security arrange­ments have been made for the conduct of November 6 gover­norship election in Anambra.


He explained that the tight security measure was to guide against report that a group in the area had planned to disrupt the election.


While responding to a ques­tion, the IGP said that all the security operatives involved in the election have be advised on the need to be civil.


“We have advised all the op­eratives deployed for the elec­tion to be civil because they are not the only organisation work­ing during the exercise.

“The instruction is clear to them that anybody accredited by INEC must be allowed to per­form his or her duties without hiccup from the security oper­atives”, he said.


In his speech, the Chair­man of INEC, Mr. Mahmood Yakubu, said that the com­mission was prepared for the election.


He urged all the staff of the commission to abide by the rules of electoral conduct.


Yakubu, who described INEC workers as very strate­gic in the success of the elec­tion, warned that any body found scuttling the process would be made to face the law.


Also, the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese and member of National Peace Committee on Electoral Matters, Most Rev. Matthew Hassan Kukah, said he was impressed with the level of security presence in Anambra.


Kukah told journalists on the sideline of the Women Development Center, Awka, that anyone who did not par­ticipate in the November 6 election cannot attribute it to poor security arrangement.


He said: “I encourage any electorate with the INEC vot­er’s card in the state to feel free and come out for the election”, he said.


The cleric said with the signing of peace accord that candidates will enter tomor­row, any violence coming from any political party, the candidate would be held re­sponsible.


Again, ahead of Novem­ber 6 governorship election, Anambra State government has declared today and tomor­row work-free days.


The government said the action will enable workers prepare for the Anambra polls.


The state governor, Willie Obiano, made the declaration during his interactive session with Anambra State workers on Tuesday at the Jerome Udo­ji Secretariat, Awka.


Obiano said, “It is to enable you, theworkerstotraveltoyour various voting places ahead of the November 6 elections.”


During the event, Obiano recalled that his administra­tion had fulfilled his 2014 cam­paign promises to the workers and had improved the working condition of the civil service.


“Saturday, November 6 is the election. I urge you to come out en masse to exercise your franchise. The state is safe in all ramifications. Cast your vote to continue enjoying the prompt payment of salary and other benefits.

“Soludo knows how to de­velop resources for the welfare of workers. Soludo will do it even better,” Obiano said.


Professor Charles Chuk­wuma Soludo, who is the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) candidate in the elec­tion described the civil ser­vants as the engine of every administration and pledged to implement his lofty mani­festo that he presented to Ndi Anambra that included wel­fare of workers, promotion of education, health and youth productivity.


He said, “We will stand on the foundation already estab­lished by Governor Obiano to continue, complete, and con­solidate on the achievements.”


He emphasised that he would collaborate with the workers to further improve on the conditions of service.


He continued, “We cannot owe salary. It is your right. Workers are very important to every administration. Teach­ers have very important roles in my manifesto. Teachers are the foundation of any nation.

“The quality of teachers and quality of teaching will determine the future of every state,” Soludo stressed.


The Head of Service, Mr. Harry Uduh, commended Obi­ano for his prompt intervention in the challenges of the civil servants.


He said the first point of call after his inauguration was to identify with civil servants. He said he has been prompt in pay­ment of salaries, pension and gratuity and leave allowances.


“His administration en­gaged workers in training and retraining. He demonstrated his magnanimity several times in promoting workers welfare,” he said.

The Chairman, Association of Pensioners State Printing Corporation (Publishers of National Light newspapers) chapter, Mr. Anderson Ubani, and the Managing Director of the corporation, Sir. Chuka Nnabuife, hailed the adminis­tration’s intervention in mak­ing the newspaper to be pen­sionable in addition to other benefits to the workers.


Nnabuife said, “We will vote for APGA for what you have done for us at National Light newspapers.


“Under your administra­tion, we have won several awards,’’ he said.


A Nollywood veteran actor, Chiwetalu Agu, said on the occasion that he worshipped Soludo like an idol, adding that Soludo is the solution to Anam­bra problems.


“The success of President Olusegun Obasanjo’s admin­istration had been attributed to Soludo. He managed the economy of Nigeria and will consolidate the economy of Anambra State,” Agu said.


Obiano at the event present­ed awards to some dedicated workers.