By Jude Dangwam, Jos
The governorship flag bearers of the All Progressive Congress (APC) and that of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDPD) Sen. Jeremiah Useni and 12 others have signed a peace accord for a hitch free elections in Plateau State.
Fourteen gubernatorial candidates out of the over 20 in the state participated in the peace accord.
The event took place yesterday at the Dialogue, Reconciliation and Peace (DREP) Centre located at Kwang area of Jos South local government area of the city of Jos, the state capital.
The candidates pledged their commitments in working in the interest of peace and placing Plateau State first above any other considerations.
The accord stated thus, “We the candidates for the 2019 governorship elections in Plateau State gathered at the Dialogue, Reconciliation and Peace (DREP) Centre Kwang Jos on this day 10th of January, 2019 in the presence of the leadership of our parties, eminent traditional rulers, security chiefs, religious leaders and other stakeholders do hereby commit ourselves to the peaceful conduct of our campaigns leading to peaceful elections.
“We wish our state and our people well and so we will avoid all acts of violence instigated directly or indirectly leading to the destruction of lives and properties.
“We shall support relevant agencies like the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC), security agencies and we shall be faithful to the laws guiding the elections.”
The candidates called on their supporters and loyalist to “refrain from provocative pronouncements, speeches and declarations or any form of violence before during and after the elections.
“We shall shun politics of bitterness and hostility, we shall conduct our campaign in peaceful, mature and respectful manner devoid of religious, ethnic or tribal incitements and profiling and where there are grievances arising from the elections, we shall seek legal redress.”
The Resident Electoral Commissioner Malam Hussein Lapai thanked the Catholic Bishop of Jos, Ignatius Kaigama for the initiative adding that, “INEC is the direct beneficiary of this initiatives because whenever things went wrong in an elections every fault is directed at INEC. We shall remain the neutral an unbiased empire come February and March 2019 all we need is collaboration.”
Bishop Kaigama said “Needless to say here that Plateau citizens have suffered so much losses and grievous pain because of needless conflict and act of criminality. We request you to put Plateau State and it’s citizens first in all you do and say during the period of campaigns and elections. Despite your political and ideological affiliations and differences, I pray that we will discuss sincerely and peacefully as brothers and sisters united in our love and passion for the further growth and development of Plateau State”