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48 Hours to Bayelsa, Kogi, Imo Polls, Tension Heightens, Abdulsalami C’ttee Preaches Peace

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Governorship candidates in Kogi, Imo and Bayelsa States yesterday signed the peace pact.

However, the event, an initiative of the National Peace Committee (NPC), witnessed low turnout in Imo State.

In Kogi, 18 political parties participating in the November 11 governorship election signed the peace accord deal.

Abubakar, represented by Cardinal John Onaiyekan emphasized the importance of honoring the peace accord before and during the election.

He expressed concern over the recurrent ritual of signing peace accords without tangible results, stressing the need for candidates to demonstrate seriousness and commitment.

The situation is not the same in Imo as NPC threatened to name political parties and their candidates who have refused to sign its peace accord latest on Friday.

Chairman of the committee, and former Head of State, Abdulsalam Abubakar represented by Gen. Martin Luther Agwai (rtd) disclosed this during a signing of a peace accord of the governorship candidates and their parties in Imo State on Wednesday.

Agwai while answering questions from newsmen on why most of the candidates did not show up for the event said: “One challenge that we have here is that all of them did not come, but the good people of Imo State are watching.

“By Friday, we would announce to the good people of Imo State the political party that has refused to sign and we would let the people know which party wants peace and the party that does not want peace. Let the people now make a choice to vote for the party that want peace and tranquility”, Agwai said.

Earlier during the ceremony, the Inspector General of Police, (IGP) Kayode Egbetokun assured the electorates of adequate security before and after election.

The IGP represented by DIG Frank Mbah further disclosed that 80 percent of its personal have already been deployed for the election while promising that before its commencement another 20 percent would be deployed.

The INEC chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu represented by the National Commissioner Southeast region, Kenneth Ukeagu urged the political parties’ candidates to play by the rules.

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