CDD urges FG to be res­o­lute over se­cu­rity threats

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Abbas Ji­moh

The Cen­tre for Democ­racy and De­vel­op­ment (CDD) has urged the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment not to suc­cumb to black­mail of in­se­cu­rity but be res­o­lute and vig­i­lant about next Satur­day’s Anam­bra State gov­er­nor­ship elec­tion.

The CDD said the call was nec­es­sary to en­sure that last minute con­flict trig­gered through the use of so­cial me­dia and short mes­sag­ing ser­vices (SMS) were not al­lowed to dis­rupt the elec­tion.

This was con­tained in a study re­leased by the CDD, ti­tled “No Elec­tion, No Ref­er­en­dum” signed by the di­rec­tor of the cen­tre Idayat Has­san.

The study was car­ried out against the back­drop of threats by the pro­scribed In­dige­nous Peo­ple of Bi­afra (IPOB) to stop the Novem­ber 18 elec­tion.

The CDD, in the re­port, said that both the state and fed­eral govern­ments must not as­sume that the pro­scrip­tion of the group had weak­ened it in the scheme of things be­cause it did not stop or­ga­ni­za­tion from func­tion­ing.

The re­port noted that the IPOB might at­tempt to en­force its call for boy­cott of the elec­tion at all cost, a de­vel­op­ment it stated that might lead to an out­come that threat­ened democ­racy not just in Anam­bra State but also in the South-east and the coun­try as a whole.

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