The federal government has been accused of conspiring with the military to rig the November 6 governorship election in Anambra in favor of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The claim was made by the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide’ s Secretary- General, Okechukwu Isiguzoro, in a statement.
The group’ s statement is based on prior events, such as Operation Python Dance, in which the federal government was used to intimidate rival political parties and opposition supporters during elections.
According to reports, the Nigerian Army has launched an operation in Anambra State code- named ‘ Golden Dawn, ‘ aimed at cleaning out criminal groups in the southeast state.
Col. Abdulkarim Usman, Commander 302 Artillery Regiment (General Support), started the exercise on Monday at Igbariam, Anambra East Local Government Area, which would be a collaborative operation with other security forces.
According to Army officials, their targets are members of the Movement for the Actualization of Biafra’ s Sovereign State (MASSOB), the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), the Eastern Security Network (ESN), kidnappers, gunmen, and other criminal elements who have recently turned Anambra State into a troubled zone will be targeted.
Isiguzoro, on the other hand, urged the soldiers from becoming political instruments by preserving professionalism and adhering to their rules of engagement.
He also urged members of the public, particularly those who vote, to guarantee that their ballots are counted in Anambra State’ s next gubernatorial election.
” Ndigbo are foreseeing uncertainties and tensions as if there are hidden agenda attached to the newly formed Operations Golden Dawn, ” the statement stated.
” The military shouldn’ t allow politicians to drag them into Anambra November 6th governorship elections.
” There are innuendoes that APC had craftily designed scripts for the Anambra elections including the use of the military to edge out PDP and APGA.
” Ndi Anambra should rise to the top of the game and defend their votes, as Igbos are watching how Governor Hope Uzodinma’ s APC National Council for Anambra Election will attempt to use all options including the attempts to take advantage of the military troops for the election.
” There should not be a repeat of the ugliest experiences of the previous operation of Python Dance in the South East which was characterized by intimidations, harassment of passengers and motorists, killings and dumping of corpses of suspected Biafra agitators especially IPOB members in the bushes, and unlawful incarceration of innocent people.
” We expect that there must be a human face in the operations Golden Dawn, devoid of any kind of ethnic cleansing and dishonesty” .