The federal government has said it would declare a state of emergency in Anambra state, in a bid to ensure that the governorship election takes place on November 6.
The Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, stated this after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the presidential villa, Abuja on Wednesday.
Malami made it clear that the government is determined to ensure a hitch-free election in Anambra despite the wave of attacks and killings in the state.
“When our national security is attacked, and the sanctity of our constitutionally guaranteed democracy is threatened, no possibility is ruled out,” he said.
“As a government, we have a responsibility to ensure the sustenance of our democratic order. As a government, we have a responsibility to provide security to life and properties.
“So, within the context of these constitutional obligations, of the government or the desire to establish democratic norms and order, there is no possibility that is out ruled.
“So, what I’m saying in essence, no possibility is out ruled by government in terms of ensuring the sanctity of our democratic order, in terms of ensuring that our elections in Anambra hold.
“And you cannot rule out the possibility of declaration of state of emergency where it is established, in essence, that there is a failure on the part of the state government to ensure the sanctity of security of lives, properties and democratic order.”