From Uche Uche, Damaturu
Thirteen gubernatorial, and eleven senatorial aspirants in the 2019 general elections in Yobe state have, yesterday, signed a peace accord with the Independent National Electoral Commission, and the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES) with commitment to ensure maintenance of peace before, during and after the elections.
Political parties that took part in the ceremony at INEC’s office include the ADC, APC, ASD, CAP, DAP, MPPP, NEPP, NRM, PDP, PPA, PPN, SDP and ZLP.
The ICCES chairman, Abdulmalik Sunomo, who is the state commissioner of police, and INEC resident electoral commissioner, Yobe state, Alhaji Ahmad Makama, countersigned as witnesses of the signing of the peace accord.
In his introduction speech, the INEC resident electoral commissioner assured that the agency is ready to conduct a free, fair and credible elections in the state, but called on aspirants and their parties to ensure they conduct themselves in a way that would promote unity and corporate existence of Nigeria instead of tearing it apart through the use of violent actions.
He also urged them to mobilize their members who have not collected their private voters’ cards to go to the wards where they were registered to collect them as INEC staffs has taken those remaining cards to those locations for easy access and collection by their respective owners.
He however enjoined them to follow that process of distribution peacefully, cooperating with security agencies, and to put the interest of the state in particular and the country in general, above their selfish and thus assure a peaceful environment.
Speaking also during the occasion, ICCES chairman and Yobe state commissioner of police, Abdulmalik Sunomo, urged the political parties to sensitize their followers on the need to ensure a peaceful election by avoiding things can could breach peace before, during and after the elections.
He urged them to avoided things to could lead to violence such as the use of hate speeches, use of thugs, the removing or destruction of banners of other political parties, or direct attack on political offices of their opponents.
Yobe state governr, Alh. Ibrahim Gaidam, represented by his deputy, Engr. Abubakar D. Aliyu, witnessed the signing of the peace accord, and was accompanied to INEC office by other government dignitaries that include the secretary to the state government, Baba Malam Wali among others.