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National peace committee urges peaceful Anambra guber poll

By Kanayo Umeh (Abuja) and Uzoma Nzeagwu (Awka)
21 October 2021   |   4:04 am
The National Peace Committee (NPC) has called for a peaceful atmosphere during the November 6, 2021 governorship election in Anambra State.

Abdulsalami Abubakar

• Fixes Nov 4 for signing of peace accord
• Group warns against boycott of election
• PWDs commend INEC over assurance to make polling units accessible to members

The National Peace Committee (NPC) has called for a peaceful atmosphere during the November 6, 2021 governorship election in Anambra State.

Chairman of the committee, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd), gave the charge in a statement made available to journalists in Abuja yesterday.

He said a peace accord would be signed by political parties and stakeholders in the state on November 4, 2021.

Abubakar, who said the peace accord had become imperative, implored key stakeholders to come forward and contribute their quota to the peace and stability of the country, particularly before, during and after the election.

He noted that considering the orgy of violence witnessed in Anambra State in recent time, which had claimed the lives of notable personalities in the state, the committee wants the collaboration of all stakeholders towards achieving a desired goal.

The NPC further urged all stakeholders to eschew violence before, during and after the election so that Anambra State would come out of the poll stronger and live up to its name as the ‘Light of the Nation.’

MEANWHILE, a group, under the aegis of Global Initiatives for Anambra Needs (GIAN) has appealed to the electorate in Anambra State to resist any call to boycott the governorship election in the state.

It said that boycotting the election would create room for encouraging rigging, which amounts to shooting oneself in the feet.

In a statement signed by Director, Corporate Services of the group, Amah A. Amah; National Secretary, Chukwumaijem Okoro and Director of Publicity, Okafor Francis, yesterday, the group appealed for calm and an enabling environment for people to come out in their numbers to vote, come November 6.

The group also lamented over what it described as the recent criss-crossing of politicians from one party to another, saying they had observed the development with apprehension.

IN another development, Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) in Anambra State have commended the efforts and assurances by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to bring polling units closer to their members to ensure they exercise their franchise unhindered.

Chairman, Joint National Association of Persons with Disabilities (JONAPWD), Ugochukwu Okeke, who made the commendation, yesterday, at a validation exercise on the Drafted Abridged Version (Pidgin and Igbo) of Anambra Disability Rights Law (2018), also thanked INEC for promising to grant them special attention on the election day.