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Moses Oyediran, Enugu
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Thursday hailed the Peace Accord signed by various political parties in Enugu ahead of the 2019 General Elections.
It would be recalled that on Wednesday some political parties’ chairmen and candidates signed the peace agreement, which was supervised by the state’s Commissioner of Police, Mr Mohammed Danmallam.
Parties and candidates absent at the ceremony were advised to go subsequently to the police command headquarters and perform the same exercise.
A Chieftain of the party in the state, Chief Ejikeme Odumegwu gave the commendation while speaking to newsmen on the importance of the exercise to the guaranty of peaceful elections in the state.
He noted that the electioneering campaigns had been generally peaceful as well as issue-based in the state.
He, however, said that even as the candidates had been matured and level-headed due to their level of enlightenment; but at times, their unruly and uncontrolled supporters are the ones engaging in violence and heated disagreements.
Odumegwu, who is also Special Assistant to Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State on Political Matters, lauded the state police command on its resolve to deal decisively with political thugs and violence-oriented individuals during the polls.
“Before now, most of the political gladiators in the state had shown exemplary political maturity.
“But the essence of the peace accord is to ensure that the existing and enviable peace in the state continues.
“It is good that the political parties’ chairmen and their candidates take responsibility for the action and inaction of their supporters,’’ he said.
According to him, our people in the state had resolved that no body or interest should jeopardise the existing peace and security in the state.
“So, the peace accord signing whole-heartedly by the political gladiators and actors is highly welcomed,’’ he said.
Odumegwu, who also doubles as the Special Assistant to Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi on Mobilisation, lauded the traditional rulers for taking time to talk sense into the politicians during the peace accord signing.
“We only have one state we can call our own and we as a people cannot use our hands to destroy our state,’’ he said.
He also noted that with the collective prayers made by the traditional rulers during the peace accord signing, “one thing is sure that the 2019 General Elections will end in praise’’.