Feb General Election: Aspirants sign peace accord in Edo State

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Ahead of the country’s Presidential, National and States Assembly elections later this month, representatives of the various political parties participating in the polls today signed a peace accord.

The peace accord, supervised by the Edo state commissioner of Police, CP Mohammed Dankwara, took place at the police officers’ mess in Benin city.

In his address, the commissioner of police, Edo state, CP Mohammed Dankwara, said the peace accord is aimed at taking the commitment and full assurance of politicians that there will be peace before, during and after the General elections.

CP Mohammed Dankwara
CP Mohammed Dankwara

CP Mohammed Dankwara reminded the people that the election is not a do-or-die affair and appealed to politicians to obey the rules of engagement.

According to the Edo state Police commissioner, “the police has the will and the constitutional power to deal decisively with any person or group of persons that may want to cause trouble before , during and after the election. We also have enough police men that will be deployed to all parts of Edo state during the election to ensure peace and orderliness. Everybody must join hands together to ensure the success of the elections “.

In his contribution, the Resident Electoral Commissioner for Edo state, Mr Obo Effanga, said campaigns devoid of mudslinging should be encouraged by politicians.

The Edo state INEC boss said, ” INEC is fully ready for election as every neccessary process to ensure the success of the election have been put in place. There is a slight adjustment of voting centres as some would-be voters have been relocated to nearby voting centres that have few persons. I want to say that the collection of voters card has ended. INEC will not give anyone PVC any more till after the election”.

Representatives of other security agencies and civil society stressed the need for a peaceful election in Nigeria as they called on lNEC, security agencies and other stakeholders to be upright during the election.

Top security commanders in Edo state attended the meeting.

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