- Ahead of the governorship election in Nasarawa, former information minister, Labaran Maku, has signed a peace accord
- The All Progressives Grand Alliance guber candidate signed the peace pact in line with INEC's effort to prevent electoral violence in the state
- The former minister also charged the INEC to remain fair and neutral in the coming poll
Labaran Maku, the Nasarawa state governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), on Friday, February 1, signed the peace pact ahead of the forthcoming general elections.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the peace pact is an initiative of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for political parties and their candidates to ensure hitch-free elections.
Speaking after signing the pact in Lafia, Legit.ng gathers that Maku promised to be committed to ensuring issue-based campaigns devoid of hate speech that could lead to violence.
He said: “God has been faithful to me and has lifted me up to a minister, so, I cannot engineer crisis because the progress and development of the country are dear to me. I do not want any life to be lost on the account of my ambition to be governor of Nasarawa state.
“If I’m not alive, I cannot contest for any position, so I want my supporters to be alive so that if I win, I will better their lives and develop the state."
The former information minister urged INEC to maintain high level of neutrality as a step to curtailing post election violence.
He said that historically, passive lack of neutrality by the electoral empire was responsible for most of the post election violence.
Madu said: “The annulment of 1993 presidential election in the country and other cases are clear examples of lack of neutrality by the electoral empire. Even in Nasarawa state, election results were manipulated by the electoral empire. So, as we politicians commit ourselves to do things that will ensure peace, INEC needs to also do their part."
Responding, Uthma Ajedagba, the resident electoral commissioner of INEC in the state, expressed gratitude to the candidate and his party for signing the pact.
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He said that the commission would resist any pressure from politicians to influence the outcome of elections in the state.
Ajedagba assured all political parties that the commission would continue to create a level playing field and conduct elections that would be better than all previous elections.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that the chairman of the National Peace Committee and former head of state, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, had said that all presidential candidates would sign another peace accord in February.
Abdulsalami made this known in Kaduna on Wednesday, January 30. Abdulsalami who was represented by the director, National Peace Committee secretariat, Reverend Father Atta Barkindo, said the signing of another peace accord, was “to avert election violence as currently being experienced in Sudan and other African countries.”
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