… UN commends the peace initiative
The Kano state Governor Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has joined other candidates to sign a Peace Accord, pledging to ensure a peaceful and violence-free general election in the state.
Ganduje, who appended his signature alongside gubernatorial candidates from other opposition parties, Wednesday, in the presence of the special representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Muhammad Ibn Chambas.
The event took place at the Convocation Arena, Bayero University, Kano, also in the presence of the National Chairman of the National Peace Committee, former Head of State, Gen. Abdussalami Abubakar (rtd), the Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II, leaders of the political parties in the state, civil society organisations, religious Clerics and community leaders.
Part of the objectives of the Accord include “To engage flag bearers of all political parties in the state to abide by the rules of engagement as enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Electoral Act 2010, as amended and to explore ways of advocating the importance of peace, before, during and after the 2019 general elections.”
Another objective of the Accord reads “To monitor through the Kano Civil Society Forum, the political campaign activities of all the political parties and their candidates to assess their compliance with the provisions of the Peace Accord.”
All candidates agreed, as part of the provision of the Accord “To run issue-based campaigns at state, local government and ward levels,” and without spreading hate speeches during campaign period.
They agree to support all institutions of government, including the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies, to work without any partiality.
Agreed further that, they would do their best to suppress any violence or act of violence, in synergy with INEC, security agencies and all other stakeholders.
Ganduje who signed the Accord before Ibn Chambas, the representative of the United Nations Secretary-General extends the Secretary General’s message that, “I bring you hearty season’s greetings from the Secretary-General who is very delighted that United Nations is supporting the National Peace Committee to sensitise and promote confidence building amongst stakeholders involved in the electoral process.”