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Anambra Guber: Aspirants are afraid to campaign openly- Group

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A group known as Global Initiative for African Development (GIFAD), an electioneering advocacy group has lamented the spate of killings and frequent attacks in Anambra State.

Speaking in a statement, the group said that  the development has sent fears down the spines of political parties, such that they cannot campaign the way they ought to do.

The statement was made by Abuja, Chairman of the group, Onwubuya Abraham Breakforth.

He said until now, Anambra was one of the most peaceful states, before security issues went awry as a result of the governorship election slated for November 6.

According to the group, , the situation was so damning that both gunmen and security agents were casualties each time there was an attack, fearing that there may be voter apathy as a result of INEC’s inability to conduct voter education exercise before the election.

It described as unfortunate, a situation where some members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) were still enforcing a sit-at-home,

He.said: “There are clashes between security operatives and unknown gunmen that left casualties on both sides with a spill over of civilian deaths.

“Political parties are not campaigning as they should because of insecurity.

“Until recently, Anambra was a safe state like other states in the South East Nigeria. It is reputed to hold non-violent elections in the past with about two million eligible voters.

“The recent security breach and unacceptable killing of civilians in the State seem as a result of fallout of activities of agitators on one hand and the shenanigan of desperate and malicious politicians, who want to commandeer political power by all means.