14 political parties sign peace pact in Zamfara
TO ensure peaceful co-existence among all stakeholders and political parties before during and after forthcoming general elections exercise in Zamfara State, the three major governorship candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC), All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), along with other eleven political parties in Zamfara State has signed agreement deal for peaceful political activities in the state.
The peace meeting, which led to security agreement was held at the State Police Command headquarters Gusau, the state capital, and was attended by all the security chiefs, Resident Electoral Commissioner of the state, Alhaji Abubakar Wara, state political party chairmen in the state, and chairman, state council of emirs, who is also the Emir of Zamfara Anka, Attahiru Muhammad Ahmad.
Speaking during the signing of peace agreement, the Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 10, Bala Sani called on politicians to adhere to the code of conduct of political parties before, during and after general election.
He stressed that any politicians found trying to disrupt or compromise next month general elections would have himself to blame, pointing out that with the new development, police will not guarantee or honour any request that has to do with application of bail for any political thug found involved in violence in the state.
“Erring politicians would have himself/herself to blame, laws on political parties, INEC and 2010 Electoral Act as amended awaits defaulters without fear or favour, “ Sani said
He urged Zamfara State Police Command not to grant bail to any politician, group who violate the law before, during and after elections in the state.
In his remarks, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Olufemi David Ogunbayode pledged to carry every political party along by given them protection during campaign, elections and beyond in the state.
He maintained that the command would deal with anybody found breaching the guiding and principles contained in the documents of peace agreement.
He advised politicians to adhere with the peace agreement and avoid any form of thuggery capable of compromising the effort of INEC towards next general elections in the state.
In separate speeches, the APC, PDP and APGA gubernatorial candidates Abdulaziz Yari, Mahmud Aliyu and Sani Abdullahi Shinkafi have all agree with peace agreement to ensure peaceful conduct of next month general polls in the state.
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