Vote or risk state of emergency, Stella Oduah warns Anambra residents

Stella Oduah
Stella Oduah [Photo credit: African Examiner]

The senator representing Anambra North, Stella Oduah, has urged residents of Anambra State to come out in large numbers to exercise their constitutional mandate in the November 18 governorship election in the state.

Ms. Oduah made this call while speaking with journalists in Abuja on Sunday, according to a statement from her office.

The former Aviation Minister who withdrew from the PDP governorship primary which produced Oseloka Obaze as the party’s flag bearer, stressed that irrespective of political affiliation, interest of the state comes first.

She noted that failure to exercise franchise in the forthcoming election could lead to the declaration of state of emergency in the state.

This is coming as the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, threatened Anambra electorates with death if they come out to vote on Saturday.

The members of the group who marched around some streets in Onitsha on Friday, vowed to create a lockdown on the day of the election.

Reacting to this however, Ms. Oduah warned Anambra residents of the consequences of ignoring the polls.

“Our constitution does not allow for half a minute space between the incumbent tenure being over and the next tenure,” she said.

“Therefore if we fail to come out and cast our vote to have a new governor, what will happen is that the Federal Government will provide an administrator and declare a state of emergency.

“It means that democracy will elude us, the administrator that would be governing us would not be who we voted for or who we desire; that is not what we want.

“Therefore we must not allow ourselves to be disenfranchised, we must make sure that we come out on November 18th and vote.”

She urged residents to embrace peace while calling on leaders to caution their subjects.

“What Anambra needs now more than anything is peace, we need peace for progress, we need peace for security, we need peace to sustain the development that is coming and that has come. We do not need violence, we have had enough killings, thank God we have security in Anambra more than most states; we must make sure that is sustained.

“Most importantly our basic human right that is enshrined in the constitution and gives us the power to choose who governs us must not be denied us.

“We will be denying ourselves that if we fail to come out and vote and protect our vote. It is extremely important that we understand this.

“I am pleading that all leaders should come out and tell their followers to come out and vote come 18th of November.

“We have been enjoying a very peaceful and secured state, people are now home-bound, investments are coming, human capital is being developed. To sustain that and to ensure that we are not disenfranchised, we must not stay at home on the 18th, we must exercise our civic rights. Nobody should voluntarily disenfranchise himself or herself, it is an abnormality.

“This is not about party, it is about saving our state. It is about making sure that our youth, women and children have a peaceful and enabling environment where good governance and policies will thrive.”


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  • Great

    Thank God Stella Oduah knows it is a constitutional right to vote but I am amazed she does not know that it is also a constitutional right to decide not to vote. Stella Oduah should recall how the votes are done in her arm of government(Senate). One of the latest votes carried out in the senate on Devolution of power or restructuring or whatever name they call it, some senators did not vote which is their constitutional right. Stella Oduah should know that power must return to the people who owns it no matter how long it takes and how many people they decide to kill to maintain status quo. No empire last for ever. You so called politicians and elder’s inhumanity to your fellow human beings must eventually end one day. These miseries, poverty, hopelessness you people are bringing upon the people would be duly paid by you and generations to come sooner than later. People of South East’s aim of boycotting elections is to ensure there is a State of emergency in Anambra State and other Eastern states come 2019. So it is no longer a treat to the people but a reminder to them of what they are actually are pursuing.

    • Biafran 1967

      Having Igbo politicians in power hasn’t benefited us one bit. They’re the most corrupt even by Nigerian standards.

  • Igwe Bu Ike

    “Our constitution does not allow for half a minute space between the incumbent tenure being over and the next tenure,” she said. And who wrote the constitution? The people? The military? The Administrator will work alone

  • igboham

    I must reconsider my definition of” smart’ and her ranking on my chart. I recommend that to my people.

  • Andy Eke

    Ms. Stella Oduah, urging Anambra resident to come out in large number to support their constitutional right. Sometimes, I do wonder why our people who eat from the master table reason. The same constitutional right you are embarking deprived your constituency a share of the national cake, a share of the balanced budget, a railroad linking your states and other states in the federation. This is why I am not a politician, African politicians are self-centered. Once they get in, they forget those who vote them in. Stella Oduah, is Nigeria a Muslim country? If yes, are you a Muslim, and if No, Why did Mohammadu Buhari declared Nigeria a Muslim Country. Why is your president not taken time to find out what the agitators need before declaring them, terrorists?

  • Biafran 1967

    Oduah is one of the PDP thieves who have raped Biafraland. Why would anyone bother voting for another set of thieves. Igbo politicians are the worst in Nigeria. Vagabonds and thieves.

  • Julius

    Wetin this woman dey talk self . Don’t listen to her. She is not Igbo proper. Na Buhari send am. All we want is separation by referendum !