The Oasis Reporters
January 24, 2019
By Abu-Ubaida Ibrahim Kuna
Ahead of the upcoming 2019 general elections in February, the People’s Democratic Party, PDP gubernatorial candidate, Senator Usman Bayero Nafada, and other gubernatorial candidates signed a Peace Accord today, 24th January, 2019.
They signing event, which took place at the Maidugu Guest Inn, Gombe was graced by the Executive Governor of Gombe State, His Excellency, Dr. Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo, OON, (Talban Gombe) who was ably represented by the Chief of Staff, Government House, Gombe, Hon. Ahmed Yayari, Commissioner of Police, Gombe State Command, DG SSS, Gombe State Command, Comptroller, Nigeria Customs Service, Gombe State Command, Comptroller, Nigeria Prisons Service, Gombe State Command, Commandant, Nigeria Civil Defence Corps, Gombe State Command, Representative of the Commandant, 301 Artillery Regiment, Nigerian Army, Gombe State.
Others in attendance were the chairmen of the political parties, civil society organisations, religious and community leaders, amongst others.
The essence of the Peace Accord is to ensure that all the political parties act in accordance with the Nigerian Constitution and the Electoral Act 2010, as amended, and to ensure the peaceful conduct of the 2019 general elections in Gombe State.
In his remarks, the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Gombe State said that “without peace, there will no be successful elections and nothing can be achieved without peace”
He added further that, the conduct of free and fair elections in Nigeria is a responsibility for all, and therefore urged the candidates to maintain peace in their electioneering campaign by respecting one another and by respecting everyone’s views and opinions.
The Commissioner appealed that all candidates should call the attention of their supporters to go to the INEC offices in their respective LGAs to collect their PVCs.
Governor Dankwambo through his Chief of Staff, Hon. Ahmed Yayari remarked that, “the exercise today is very critical, as it has been said that the conduct of free and fair election is a collective responsibility for all of us, we must therefore, all work together to ensure that”.
He pointed out that free and fair elections cannot be achieved without peace and security.
In addition, he commended the security agencies for their efforts in maintaining peace in Gombe State.