Political players sign peace treaty
Just a couple of days to the much anticipated Edo State governorship election, candidates of all the political parties to participate in the process have been called to sign a Peace Accord.
The peace deal organised by the National Peace Committee (NPC), is right now ongoing in Benin City, the State capital.
Present at the meeting is the Chairman, National Peace Committee and former Head of State, Abdulsalam Abubakar and also one of the committee members, a Catholic Bishop in the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Matthew Kukah among others.
Others available at the peace treaty signing are members of the political, traditional and religious circles, who are present to witness the signing.
During a session with Channels Television, a member of YIAGA Africa’s board, Ezenwa Nwagu, said the accord is necessary following the previous narrative that suggests the drums of war in the election.
According to him, YIAGA in collaboration with the National Peace Committee organised the event to douse tension in some quarters and avoid bloodshed on Saturday.
“The Peace Committee led by General Abubakar, Mathew Kukah and the rest of them have the moral weight and authority. “So YIAGA Africa, working with the peace committee, decided to source that moral weight to bring it to bear on political actors in Edo State.
Thereby ensuring that they understand that this election is about the Edo people and their livelihood,” he said.
Nwagu said the programme which was initially slated for 2 pm, was reviewed at 12 noon at the request of political actors. However, he is optimistic that the poll would be commended smoothly with a governor emerging to govern the state for the next four years.