Ikpeazu, Other Candidates Sign Peace Accord In Abia


No fewer than eight governorship candidates in Abia State, including Governor Okezie Ikpeazu and two senatorial candidates last Monday signed a peace accord to ensure a violence-free general election in the state.
The event which took place in Umuahia was organised by Hope Givers Initiative, a civil society organisation (CSO) in collaboration with Vision Africa, an Umuahia-based private radio station and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the state.
In an address of welcome, Mr Sunday Onuoha, the President of Vision Africa, called on the political parties to remain committed to the prosperity and unity of the state in their quest to govern the state.
Onuoha said that signing the peace accord would prove the readiness of the canditates and their supporters to accept the outcome of the elections.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Dr. Joseph Iloh, said that to sustain the prevailing peace in the state before, during and after the polls, required the full cooperation of all the candidates and their supporters.
Iloh charged the party supporters to emulate the friendly and peaceful disposition of their principals and embrace peace during the exercise.
He gave the assurance that the commission would provide a level, playing field for all the political parties and their candidates.
The Commissioner of Police, Mr Eden Okon, said that the command had put necessary measures in place to ensure adequate security during the polls.
Okon, represented by Deputy Commissioner of Police, Godwin Akoh, said, “We have enough security on ground.
“Nobody should be afraid or feel threatened, because police are ready and prepared to protect Nigerians during the elections.”
The Executive Director of HGI, Mrs Onyeka Udegbunam, urged political parties and the candidates to educate their supporters on the need to shun acts capable of disrupting the peaceful conduct of the polls.
“We are here to ensure that candidates and their parties agree to support the conduct of the general elections in a peaceful environment,” Udegbunam said.