2019 election: APC, PDP, UDP guber candidates shun peace accord

The Taraba Governorship Candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party,
PDP, United Democratic Party, UDP, and the All Progressives Party,
APC, failed to show up at the peace accord signing ceremony.

The candidates are Gov. Darius Ishaku of Taraba (PDP), Sen. Aisha
Alhassan, the immediate past Minister of Women Affairs (UDP), and
Alhaji Sani Danladi (APC).

The signing of the peace accord took place on Thursday at the Police
Command headquarters in Jalingo.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that 14 other candidates,
including Mr Kefas Sule of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA),
who is contesting on the platform of the All Blended Party (ABP)
signed the peace pact.

Mr David Akinremi, the Commissioner of Police in the state, who
presided over the signing of the accord, said the aim was to commit
the governorship candidates to peaceful conduct of the election.

"We cannot as a nation move forward if we fail to promote peace. I
want to appeal to you stakeholders to shun violence.

"If contesting election is for the sake of service, then there will be
no need for violence before, during and after the election," he said.

Akinremi pledged that the Police and other security agencies would be
neutral and will give all parties equal protection before, during and
after the election.

Alhaji Baba Yusuf, the INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in the
state, pledged to ensure a level playing ground for all candidates.

Responding on behalf of the candidates, Sule thanked the security
agencies for the initiative and pledged the resolution of the
candidates to stand by the agreement.

He called on those absent to make efforts to sign the accord with a
view to having a peaceful election in the state.

NAN reports that representatives of Ishaku and Alhassan were turned
down, as the peace accord officials insisted on signing in person,
while Danladi was not represented.

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