Okerafor Athanatius, Jalingo
Three major contenders in the March 2nd governorship election in Taraba State, incumbent Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Sani Abubakar Danladi of the All Progressives Congress (APC)
and Senator Aisha Jummai Alhassan of the United Democratic Party (UDP) were absent during a Peace Accord signed between the Police and the Gubernatorial Candidates in the State.
This was observed by the Taraba State Commissioner of Police, CP. David Akinremi during the signing of the Peace Accord held yesterday at the Police Command Headquarters, Jalingo.
Our Correspondent reports that individual signing of the Peace Accord is imperative with a view to proving a Candidate’s eagerness for for a peaceful polls.
Though the Absentees were represented at the event by the leadership of their various political Parties but such was not allowed as there shouldn’t be any signing by proxy.
“Those who are not around Even though, they were represented will come and sign later.
Before signing of the Peace Accord Forms by Political Party Candidates present, the Commissioner of Police, CP, David Akinremi read the Peace Accord which signified their readiness to comply with the electoral governing rules and regulations towards ensuring free, fair and credible elections as enshrined by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
With that, the Gubernatorial Candidates have pledged their loyalty for a Peaceful conduct of March 2, Governorship Elections in the State.
They were, Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Sani Abubakar Danladi of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Senator Aisha Jummai Alhassan of the United Democratic Party (UDP).
Speaking earlier, in an address of welcome, the Commissioner of Police, CP, Dave Akinremi said the Peace Accord was to ensure the gubernatorial readiness towards complying with the electoral process devoid of rancour and tranquillity.
The CP, who further called on them to caution their supporters against acts of thuggery and lawlessness appealed that they should shun electoral violence, as violence will not do anyone any good.
He said, one does not need to engage in any act of violence before winning elections.
Dave Akinremi, who reiterated that the blood of anyone does not worth anybody’s political aspirations, charged all to conduct themselves peacefully before, during and after elections.
He disclosed that, as Security Agencies, they are committed to their responsibilities to provide a level playing ground for all Political Parties and their Candidates.
In his remarks, the Resident Commissioner, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the State, Alhaji Abba Baba Yusuf assured that the Commission was ready to provide a level playing ground for all Political Parties to ensure a peaceful conduct of the elections.
While calling on them to carry the Peace Message down to the grassroots, Alh.Yusuf charged them to consider Taraba State first before their aspirations.