Olawale Ibrahim, Lokoja
As the Kogi Gubernatorial Election in Kogi State draws closer,All Progressive Congress APC and Peoples Democratic Party PDP and 21 other political parties have jointly signed peace accord for of peaceful conduct of the election in the state
The National Peace Committee who organised the peace accord signing for all political parties participation in November 16 election stressed that this become imperative with a view to have a violence free election in Kogi State .
The National Peace Committee has called on the political actors in Kogi State to work assiduously and ensure peaceful conduct of the November election on 2019 governorship in the state .
Reverend Father Atta Barkindo who is the Director, The Kukah Center represented the founder of NPC, General Abdulsalami Abubakar and Reverend Mathew Kukah respectively disclosed this while speaking at a dialogue with Stakeholders on peaceful conduct of Kogi Governorship election on Thursday ..
Barkindo noted that the NPC are not in Kogi State to support any political party ,stressing that the National Peace committee is aimed at ensuring peaceful conduct of governorship on November 16th .
The Ohinoyi of Ebiraland , His Royal Majesty , Dr. Ado Ibrahim stated the success of the coming governorship election in Kogi State is the responsibility of all and not only INEC and security agents.
The monarch therefore urged all the critical stakeholders to work in partnership with INEC and Security agents to ensure peaceful election.
The Obaro of Kabba who was represented by a former permanent Secretary ,Mr Oshagbemi also toed the line of reasoning with Ohinoyi of Ebiraland saying a peaceful conduct of the governorship in election is very sacrosanct for unity of kogi state .
The Independent National Electoral commission assured the stakeholders of peaceful ,free,fair and credible election.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner , James Apam assured the political Parties that all will be given a level playing ground ,however expressed concerns over imminent violence in view the early warning signs from the political environment .
The State Commissioner of Police , CP Hakeem Busari has assured the Stakeholder that the Police and other security agents will provide adequate security before during and after election .
Busari explained that with security architecture put in place for the coming governorship election ,stressing that there will be no violence during the election.
He disclosed that a total of 35,000 personnel would be deployed to the state this onerous task to ensure peaceful conduct of election .
The Representative IRI DC ,Mrs. Alyssa Richards stated that IRI has been supporting Nigeria’s Democracy since 1998, noting that the organisation partners with political parties to strengthen internal democratic structures and increase in the meaningful participation of women, youths and persons with disabilities .
Richard explained that that institute has collaborated with civil society ,independent bodies like National Institute of Peace , National Assembly , State House of Assemblies to enhance the electoral process and build consensus on reforms around electoral process and promote peaceful election elections .