The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, (APC) in Benue State, Emmanuel Jime has restated his commitment to a peaceful conduct of the governorship election in the state.
He stated this when he signed the peace accord in Makurdi, on Friday.
The peace accord is an agreement between the political parties and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) towards the peaceful conduct of the forthcoming general elections.
Addressing journalists at the commission’s headquarters shortly after signing the document, he said: “Today presents a wonderful occasion to participate in a great initiative that would guarantee the conduct of peaceful elections in our state. For us as a party, we fully subscribe to the idea as it is even more urgent now, giving the times we are in, where our security is in a sorry state.”
He reiterated the commitment of his party, the APC, to the conduct of the election, saying the party is peace loving and fully committed to the content and spirit of the peace initiative and thus, encouraged other players in the electoral process to be driven by the spirit of sportsmanship.
Speaking on the importance of the peace deal, Jime said: “We are operating in an environment where the security architecture is so challenged. It is therefore incumbent on all participants to play by the rules so as not to heat up the already charged atmosphere. Let’s contest with our ideas and if they connect with the electorates and their aspirations, they will surely go for us.
“The issues that confront us here in Benue state are well documented; notably security, poverty and deprivation and broken infrastructure. The need to address these issues has become more urgent, especially given the dismal quality of governance in the last three and half years,” he added.
The governorship hopeful promised to address the fraud around the state’s wage bill which he believes stands just around N3 billion, but which the present government has blatantly claimed is over N7 billion with no evidence of employments anywhere, among many other issues.
The peace accord was signed in the presence of security personnel and party officials.