By Ibrahim Kado, Yola.
No fewer than 10 governorship candidates in Adamawa have signed a peace accord, ahead of the 2023 general elections.
Ten of the 15 gubernatorial candidates fielded by political parties signed the peace accord on Saturday in Yola, at a ceremony organised by the Police and Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
INEC’s Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Adamawa, Hudu Ari, said that the agreement aimed at ensuring free, fair, credible and peaceful elections in the state.
“I, therefore, implore you each to ensure peace before, during and after the elections.
“Electoral violence is a great threat to free, fair and credible election,” he said, adding that violence-free elections would benefit the state.
Ari said that the signing of peace accord was a commitment by all candidates towards conduct of issues-based campaign, through the spirit of sportsmanship, by recognising the fact that only one candidate would emerge as winner at the end of the governorship election.
He urged political parties and their candidates to shun hate speech and educate voters on polling procedures and orderliness.
The REC reiterated commitment of the commission towards conducting free, fair and credible elections.
The Commissioner of Police in Adamawa, Mr Sikiru Akande, commended the parties and their candidates for peaceful electioneering, campaigns and urged them to sustain the tempo.
He said there was no political violence recorded since the onset of campaigns in the state.
“For us, the security services will not do anything to make the political playing ground unfair to anybody.
“And when we achieve that, about 90 per cent of the election problems will be over,” Akande said, while stressing that no meaningful development could be achieved without peace.
Also, the Director of Department of State Services (DSS), Babagana Bulama, urged political parties and their candidates to imbibe the spirit of sportsmanship, while playing the game by the rules to ensure peace before, during and after the elections.
“Peace is the foundation of development, hence the need for all to understand and abide by the laws,” Bulama said.