Governor Willie Obiano says President Muhammadu Buhari is unaware of the threat to impose state of emergency in Anambra State.
Briefing journalists after the federal executive council (FEC) meeting on Wednesday, the attorney-general of the federation, Abubakar Malami, threatened that the government was not averse to imposing state of emergency in the Igbo predominant domain to ensure the forthcoming gubernatorial election held.
Mr Malami, who also doubles as the Justice Minister, said should the spike in violence increase again in the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) controlled state, the federal government won’t hesitate to choose the option.
The threat drew condemnation nationwide, including from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) which alleged that the All Progressive Congress (APC) administration was oiling its rigging machinery for the November 6 guber poll by nursing such thought.
The state government had asserted that the threat was a confirmation that ongoing killings in the state were politically motivated.
After meeting with President Buhari at the presidential villa on Thursday, the Anambra helmsman said the president was not aware of the threat.
Addressing State House Correspondents, he said the president was also opposed to the adoption such option.
“That’s a very unfortunate comment by the Attorney-General. Malami. Very unfortunate,” Mr Obiano posited. “I also reported that to the President and this is not in the books of the President because he knows that Anambra has been the safest state in Nigeria for seven years plus.”