Polls: Abdulsalami, Kukah Tell Candidates To Eschew Violence, Adhere To Peace Accord

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Former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd).
By; PAMELA EBOH, Awka
Former Head of State, Gen Abdusalami Abubakar, at a stakeholders’ meeting organised by National Peace  Committee in Awka on Thursday called on politicians, the media, traditional rulers, security agencies, Civil Society organisations and government to be committed to ensuring a peaceful conduct of election in Anambra State during Saturday State Assembly election.
Abubakar spoke in a joint address with the Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Most Rev Mathew Kukah.
The address by the duo which was read by a representative, Deputy Director, Administration of the Kukah Centre, Mr Duke Anoemuah reads in part, “We are here i n Anambra State to extend to you the good people of the state an appeal made by the NPC for a peaceful conduct of election into the state House of Assembly scheduled for Saturday, March 9, 2019. 
“This dialogue Forum is one in a series of interventions at state level jointly organised by the NPC and supported by the Department for International Development, DID.
The statement explained that the goal of the Forum is to sensitize and mobilize stakeholders towards peaceful election.
The Forum is also expected to build initiatives  and take measures to strengthen a mutual confidence among stakeholders and political actors as well as encouraging peaceful resolution of any election related disputes with utmost regard to the rule of law and due process.
Continuing, the statement said, “We ask Nigerians to apply decorum during Saturday’s Governorship and House of Assembly elections.” 
The representative added, “The Chairman, Abdulsalami also asked me to convey his appreciation to the leadership of all political parties in Anambra State, especially candidates contesting for the legislative position who have so far demonstrated their commitment to peaceful election in the state.”
The leaders further reminded the candidates in the race on the need to educate their supporters themselves peacefully during the exercise adding that it was a only in a peaceful environment that elections could be. 
They also urged them  to eschew violence and hate speeches and strive to adhere to the peace accord which Leaders of the various political parties willingly assented to in Abuja in December 2018 and February 2019, before the Presidential and National Assembly. 
The Obi of Onitsha was represented at the event by Chief Okey Ononye.

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