- Ahead of the Edo poll, the National Peace Committee (NPC) has stepped in to stop further violence
- The panel led by a former head of state, Abdulsalami Abubakar, is intervening in conjunction with INEC
- The peace committee has expressed interest in going for the signing of the peace accord by all guber candidates
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The National Peace Committee (NPC) led by a former military head of state, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, has waded into curbing further violence ahead of the Edo state governorship election.
According to The Nation, the panel's intervention in the election is in conjunction with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
It was gathered that the peace committee has indicated an interest in going to Benin for the signing of the peace accord by all guber candidates
This is because of the two main contenders whose campaigns have created tension in the state.
Though INEC has ruled out postponing the election under any guise, the commission has deployed three national commissioners and five Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) to supervise the poll.
A source within the electoral commission noted that except for threats of violence by politicians. INEC is set for the gubernatorial poll
The source said: “We are worried about violence, the inability of some critical segments to raise the red flag and the conduct of security agencies.
“You can observe that the tension has started going down after the intervention of the Oba. But we will not take things for granted.
“Now, the National Peace Committee, headed by Gen. Abdulsalami, wants to go to Benin for the signing of peace accord by all the candidates, especially the two key players whose campaigns have created tension."
It would be recalled that the Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II, had asked leaders of the PDP and APC in Edo state to emulate ex-President Goodluck Jonathan who congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari after losing the 2015 polls.
The monarch gave the advice on Wednesday, September 2, during a peace meeting he had with the leading candidates ahead of the September 19 governorship election in the state.
He admonished the political actors to avoid heating up the polity, adding that they must put the interest of the state first.
While appealing to the political actors to sheathe their swords, the king asked them to avoid violence. He thereafter demanded an assurance from the politicians that there will be peace before, during and after the elections.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that six political parties in Edo signed a peace accord pledging to eschew violence before, during, and after the forthcoming governorship election in the state.
The parties are APC, Zenith Labour Party, All Progressives Grand Alliance, Young Peoples Party, African Democratic Congress, and the Allied Peoples Movement.
The peace meeting tagged “Stakeholders peace accord” was organised by the Conference of Non-Governmental Organisations (CONGOS).
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