2019: Imo governorship candidates pledge to accept outcome if election is free and fair

2019: Imo governorship candidates pledge to accept outcome if election is free and fair

- Governorship candidates in Imo state have signed a peace accord ahead of March 2 governorship election

- The governorship candidates all promised to abide by the rules and ensure their supporters also follow the rules and regulations guiding the election

- They also pledged to accept the outcome of the election provided the process is free, fair and credible

Some governorship candidates for the March 2 elections in Imo have pledged to accept the outcome of the election if the poll is free and fair.

The candidates made the pledge in Owerri on Tuesday, February 12, while signing a peace accord organised by the police command in the state to ensure peaceful elections, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

Emeka Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said in his remarks that he would ensure that his supporters were law abiding during and after the polls.

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He said he would accept the outcome of the election if the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the police did not compromise the process.

The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Senator Hope Uzodinma said he had confidence in INEC and the police to conduct free, fair and credible elections.

Uzodinma said the peace accord would have a positive impact on the electoral process.

Also, the Action Alliance (AA) candidate, Uche Nwosu, expressed his willingness to accept the outcome of the election if it was free and fair, saying that he had confidence in police and INEC to do the right thing.

Other governorship candidates including Ikedi Ohakim of Accord Party represented by his running mate, Ann Dozie, Ifeanyi Araraume of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and Kelvin Obinna of the New Progressive Movement (NPM) signed the peace accord.

They all pledged to be law abiding and ensure the conduct of credible elections in the state.

In his remarks, the police commissioner in Imo, Dasuki Galadanchi, assured the electorate that the general elections would be peaceful following the peace accord signed by all the candidates in the state.

According to him, the peace agreement by all the governorship candidates is an indication that there will be no violence during the poll.

The commissioner urged the candidates to advise their aides and supporters against electoral violence in the general elections.

He gave assurance that there would be adequate security during the poll, saying police in collaboration with other security agencies and INEC were ready to ensure free and fair elections in the state.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Nigerian Army alongside the police in Imo state has arrested four fake soldiers whose job is to escort politicians ahead of the February 16 presidential and National Assembly elections.

According to Daily Trust, Imo state police commissioner, Dasuki Galadanchi, paraded the suspects in Owerri before governorship candidates in the state signed peace pact today, Tuesday, February 12.

Galadanchi expressed worry at the development, warning that such infiltrators will be arrested no matter how they disguised themselves.

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