….As 14 political parties sign peace accord in Nasarawa.
….Resolves to work in peace during and after elections.
By David Okpashi.
14 political parties contesting elections in the 2023 General Election in Nasarawa State Thursday resolved to ensure peaceful conduct of the forthcoming with promise to caution their supporters during and after the elections
The candidates at the signing of the peace pact for the 2023 General Election in Lafia the Nasarawa State capital organized by Inter – Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security in collaboration with the Independent National Electoral Commission agreed that Nasarawa was greater than individual.
The peace pact brought together candidates of 14 out of the 18 registered political parties in the country to commit themselves to peaceful 2023 elections.
INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in Nasarawa State, Dr Uthman Ajidagba in his remark, said sustenance of democracy in any society depended on the conduct of the political actors in the electoral process.
The INEC Resident Electorial Commissioner called on candidates of the political parties in the elections to ensure strict adherence to the letters of the peace accord document and caution their supporters on the need to maintain peace during the elections.
Nasarawa State Chairman, Inter – Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security who is also the state Commissioner of Police Mr Maiyaki Baba said the signing of the peace accord was necessitated by recent developments that could impede peaceful conduct of the General Election if left unchecked.
Governor Abdullahi Sule who spoke on behalf of the candidates noted that they were committed to the maintenance peace not only during the elections but all the times for development to thrive.
Also speaking, INEC National Commissioner in charge of Nasarawa, Plateau , Kaduna States and the Federal Capital Territory, Mallam Muhammed Haruna pointed out that the commission had successful implemented 12 out of the 14 items lined up for the 2023 General Election.
A delegation of the European Union, traditional rulers and heads of security agencies in the state were at the signing of the peace accord to observe the exercise.