*advises Malami to focus on insecurity in North
President Muhammadu Buhari is not in support of a declaration of emergency rule in Anambra State, the Governor, Willie Obiano, said on Thursday in Abuja.
He announced this to State House correspondents after he reported and condemned the comments of Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami to the President for suggesting a possible declaration of emergency rule in the State.
Emerging from his closed-door meeting with the President, Obiano said he was assured by Buhari that he was only interested in free and fair election in the November 6 governorship exercise in the State; even citing the example of his (president’s) numerous attempts to win election until his fourth try.
The Governor described Malami‘s statement as unfortunate and wondered why he had not contemplated the imposition of emergency rule in northern states where he observed there had been a lot of killings.
He said he would call the Attorney-General to express his mind to him over the suggestion as he maintained that apart from the recent security crisis, Anambra State had been the most peaceful in the Southeast.
He also rejected insinuations that members of his All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) in the State House of Assembly had angrily defected to the All Progressive Congress (APC), explaining that the members were offered N100 million each to join the All Progressive Congress (APC).
He said the members refused to be bought and rejected the offer, and have remained in APGA.