15 November 2017
By Ugonnabo Ngwu
Ahead of the November 18 governorship election, Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State on Tuesday decried the sudden withdrawal of his security details, lamenting that the development has placed his life at risk.
He stated this in Awka during an election stakeholders meeting organised by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, describing the removal of his security detail as unacceptable and a dangerous pointer to what would happen during the election.
Obiano demanded the immediate restoration of the security operatives guarding him in order not to constitute further threats capable of overheating the polity in Anambra.
“I want my security details returned immediately because I am going to start a fight from there. I am the governor of Anambra state and all the paraphernalia of my office must be there.
“This is unacceptable and a sign of what will happen. Those behind this would be disappointed because we are very ready for the election,” he insisted.
The governor disclosed that he had wanted to complain to the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, who was scheduled to be at the occasion, but had to voice out his grievance at the event since he was not aware when the IGP would come.
Earlier, the incumbent governor had complained about having not been accorded recognition by the moderator when he stepped into the venue, despite insistence that he be duly recognised.
In his reaction, the INEC National Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, said the event was a stakeholders’ meeting, and as such no candidate would be accorded any special treatment regardless of his position.
He said the commission insists on equal treatment of all candidates in the election, who should not only have equal standing, but must be respected.