The Anambra State Government says plans are afoot to arrest some of its officials over what it called ‘trumped-up charges’.
The state government believed if allowed to go ahead, the plan was aimed at weakening the chances of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Saturday’s gubernatorial poll in the state.
This was made known in a press release signed by the commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Mr. C. Don Adinuba said the plot was being hatched by a political party he refused to mention.
Adinuba said some actors in the unnamed political party planned to use instrument of state to carry out their plot, even without the knowledge of the security chiefs in the state.
In the words of Adinuba, “The Anambra State Government has received credible intelligence reports about moves by members of a certain political party to use the instrumentality of the state to arrest key officials of the state government anytime on trumped-up charges, so as to hijack the gubernatorial election holding on Saturday, November 6, 2021.
“One of the meetings was on how to use the coercive apparatus of the state to carry out this plot has just been held in Awka, the Anambra State capital.
“None of the heads of national security agencies is aware of this plot. The desperate politicians want to use certain compromised operatives working without the knowledge, let alone the support, of the national heads of the security agencies to perpetrate this act.
“This announcement is to bring the evil plans to the knowledge of all Anambra people but also to the attention of all relevant authorities for prompt action.
“All our people are enjoined to go about their normal business while the State Government takes every necessary action to ensure a free, fair and transparent election on Saturday. The elections in the State in the last few years have been very free and fair. We will continue to do everything possible to maintain the new tradition of free and fair polls,” the statement said.