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Masari, Lado, other guber candidates sign accord


Katsina state governor, Aminu Bello Masari and 12 other governorship candidates including Yakubu Lado Danmarke, the candidate of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Tuesday signed a Peace Accord to ensure violent free elections in the state.
The peace accord was initiated by the Katsina State Police Command for candidates to ensure peaceful and campaigns and elections before, during and after the elections.
Addressing the candidates during the occasion, the Assistant Inspector General of Police, Zone 1, Kano, Dan Bature, said the endorsement of the document had indicated that the candidates agreed to run issue-based campaigns at state and local government levels.
“This agreement will restrain the candidates from making or causing to make in their names and that of their parties, any public statement or pronouncements that has the capacity to incite any form of violence during the elections”, the AIG said.
He said the peace accord would also restrain the candidates from campaigns that will involve religious incitements, ethnic or tribal profiling, both by themselves and their agents.
Speaking earlier, the state police commissioner
Muhammad Wakili, urged the candidates to shun political violence, adding that the peace accord is an agreement that political parties should adhere strictly to in order to ensure free, fair and peaceful general elections.
“We have witnessed the impacts of 2015 Abuja Peace Accord on the 2015 general election which saw for the first time in the history of this country a peaceful transition, where a ruling party handed over power peacefully to an opposition party” the police commissioner said.
Also in his remarks, the Resident Electoral Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Jibrin Ibrahim Zarewa, urged the candidates to shun acts capable of disrupting the elections, saying no meaningful development can be achieved in an atmosphere of rancour.


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