32 Governorship Candidates Sign Peace Pact In Benue
8 January 2019 News
Thirty two Governorship candidates in Benue State today signed a peace pact to abide by the provisions of the electorate act and the constitution during their campaigns and the elections.
The peace pact was facilitated by the Independent National Electoral Commission in the state and Centre for Human Dialogue.
Addressing the candidates before the signing, INEC Resident Electoral Commission, Dr. Nentawe Yelwada said the peace pact became necessary following violence that characterised the twenty fifteen elections and the recent party primaries.
Dr. Yelwada lamented particularly that the commission lost three staff during the twenty fifteen elections with over one hundred and forty of them held hostage for more than twenty four hours while hundreds of Card Readers were destroyed.
The INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner who urged the candidates to eschew violence during campaigns and the elections said the commission plans to sensitize youths, women, traditional and religious leaders on the need to conduct themselves properly during the election.
In his remark, the Country Director, Center for Human Dialogue, Dr. Babatunde Afolabi who said the centre has been at the forefront of promoting peaceful elections in the country over the years called on the candidates to be committed to the peaceful conduct of the elections.
The Benue State Commissioner of Police, Omolulu Bishi who spoke on behalf of other security agencies assured that they would maintain law and order before, during and after the election and would not hesitate to prosecute those found wanting.
Making the commitment to the peace pact for himself and the other candidates, Governor Samuel Ortom said they were ready to abide by the provisions of the electoral law and enjoined INEC and the police to not to neutral to enhance the peace.
Correspondent Terna Injua reports that the peace pact signing was witnessed by the Tor Tiv, Professor James Ayatse and other traditional rulers, religious leaders and heads of security formations in the state.