Governor Willie Obiano has insisted that governorship elections will hold in Anambra state contrary to report credited to the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
Gov. Willie Obiano
The Punch reports that the governor spoke on Tuesday, August 8 when he visited the national headquarters of his party to pick his nomination form.
Obiano said Gen. Lathucia whom he described as the brain behind IPOB visited him and assured him that elections will hold in the state.
He said: “That is not correct. They did not say there will not do any election. By the way, yesterday (Monday) you would have heard the word veterans who met with me, these are the people who fought the war, 87 of them.
“They were at the lodge to meet me and what they said was that they would support the election and they had endorsed my election on the second term journey.
“The leader of that group, Gen. Lathucia, most of you should know him, is the brain behind IPOB. So that comment that election won’t take place in Anambra, let me begin to dissipate that now.
“They didn’t say that and there would be an election in Anambra. Nobody can stop the election in Anambra when INEC has already mapped out the time table. We would not even allow anybody to do that, to stop the election in Anambra state, we won’t allow that.”
He also spoke about the tragic killing of worshippers in a church in Ozudulu insisting that it was committed by businessmen from the town and not by Boko Haram or herdsmen.
He said: “let me make this point: Ozobulu killings is not the kind of terrorism you use to know, it is not by Boko haram or anybody.
“Again, it is not by people agitating for separation. It was a feud between two gangsters that live outside Nigeria. They killed themselves over there and they decided to come home and both of them are from that village where the church was built.
“We have picked up some guys and very soon, I’m very confident that we are going to pick up the guy that did the killings, dead or alive. “
It was earlier reported that the police began investigation following the attack and have made some arrest although no names have been given yet.
Mr Garba Umar who is the state commissioner of police had confirmed that gunmen stormed the church during an early morning service and opened fire on worshippers.
He said it was not unconnected to what he described as gang war.