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Anambra : How Iwu, Jonathan averted bloodbath

By JIDe Ajani, Dayo Benson, Tony Edike, Vincent Ujumadu Anayo Okoli, Charles Kumolu &  Emma Ovuakporie

Vice President Goodluck Jonathan and the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Professor Maurice Iwu, averted what could have turned into a major crisis with grave consequences for Saturday’s governorship election  in  Anambra State.  Sunday Vanguard can reveal.

It was gathered that  some   heavyweights of  the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP  had  arrived Awka, the state capital on the eve of the election for last  minute  mobilisation of voters.

The electoral guidelines for governorship elections state  clearly that public campaign for elections should cease at least 48 hours to the date of election.

Sunday Vanguard learnt that the arrival of Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, and a former military governor, General Lawrence Onoja,  sparked concern in the camps of most of the other political parties, especially the All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, the Action Congress, AC, the Peoples Progressive Alliance, PPA, Labour Party, LP, Hope Democratic Party, and African Democratic Congress, ADC.

Their arrival, sources said  created some curiosity in the other  political parties.

In fact, there were  rumours of a possible collusion between the electoral umpire, INEC, and PDP.

Sunday Vanguard leant that once the situation was brought to the attention of the INEC chairman  he immediately alerted the Vice President Jonathan who equally swung into action.

“It was the communication between the Chairman of INEC, Professor Iwu and Vice President Jonathan that forestalled what would have turned out to be a major crisis and which could have led to bloodbath.

The other political parties were also going to callout their heavyweights who would have also marched on Awka and demonstrated their superior fire-power”, a source told Sunday Vanguard.

The Vice President was said to have issued a directive immediately that any individual not directly involved in the monitoring or observation of the election in Anambra State should desist from making a public show of force and relevance.

In fact, the Senate President, David Mark, was also said to have been informed of the interpretation being made out of the role of his deputy.

Whether the Senate President also placed a call to his deputy or not, Sunday Vanguard could not confirm as at the time of preparing this report.


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