The Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, on Tuesday alarmed the nation that his life is in danger and that he was no longer comfortable standing for the November 18 governorship poll in the state.
The governor stated this in Awka during an election stakeholders’ meeting organised by the Independent National Electoral Commission, following the withdrawal of his security details by the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris.
Mr. Obiamo said the withdrawal was ominous as it had exposed his life to eminent danger.
The withdrawal is unacceptable and dangerous, he said anddemanded the return of his security details in order not to constitute further threats capable of overheating the polity.
According to him, he would fight back if nothing is done about it.
Obiano said, “I want my security details returned immediately because I am going to start a fight from there. I am the governor of Anambra State and all the paraphernalia of my office must be there.
“This is unacceptable and a sign of what will happen. Those behind this would be disappointed because we are very ready for this election.”
According to the governor, he had wanted to speak with the Inspector General of Police who was scheduled to be on the occasion, but said he had to voice it out at the event since he was not aware when the IGP would come.
However, the Inspector General of Police, Idris Mohammed, later said the police decided to withdraw the policemen attached to politicians because of previous experiences where such cops worked for their “ master.”
Mr. Idris said the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. Garba Umar, had been asked to step down for neutrality while he would be replaced with another who had no affinity with the state.
He added. “We are bringing entirely new faces to conduct this election. We need your cooperation; we need your support. We are going to conduct ‘stop and search;” we are going to raid some black sports.”
He also said that movement would be restricted on the election day, promising the people that the state would be adequately policed.