Anambra State government has said a report claiming voters are leaving the state en masse due to fear of political violence in today’s governorship election is false.
Mr C Don Adinuba, Anambra Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, said instead, the opposite is the truth as a large number of people, especially qualified voters, are pouring into the state to participate in the governorship election.
NAN quoted Adinuba as saying this in a statement, stressing that Anambra people are not expressing fears of any possible political violence before and during the election.
“Our people are very conscious of their roots, and so they usually register to vote in the state even when they live and work elsewhere,” the commissioner said, adding that with the declaration of Thursday and Friday as work-free days, many people travelled to their various communities to vote.
Adinuba explained that a lot of people had in the last 24 hours been leaving cities and towns for their home communities where they registered to vote.
He said, “It is, therefore, wrong for any news medium to claim that Anambra people are leaving the state in droves for fear of political violence.
“If the journalist who wrote the report claiming an exodus had bothered to seek a clarification or explanation of the new development, he would not have written the sensational report.
“It is surprising that any journalist could file such a report without checking with the government, despite the well-known open-door policy of this administration towards the media.”
Adinuba said “it is worthy of note that despite the politically-motivated violence of the last one month, Anambra remains Nigeria’s safest state.”
“I urged all Anambra people to disregard ill-planned reports and come out early to cast their votes for their preferred candidate,” he said.