18 political parties sign peace pact for Ekiti guber election


Candidates of 18 political parties participating in Saturday’s governorship election in Ekiti State, on Wednesday signed a peace pact, vowing to ensure a peaceful election.

Speaking during the event, Chairman, National Peace Commission (NPC), General Abdulsalam Abubakar, appealed to the people of the state to uphold the ideals of democracy and ensure that the coming election is free, fair and credible.

He called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to make sure that voters are not faced with any obstacles, urging them (electorate) to be patient and ensure good conduct.

Gen. Abubakar, was represented by the Convener, National Peace Committee, Most Rev. Matthew Hassan Kukah, at the signing of the Peace Accord by Ekiti State Governorship candidates, 2022.

The ceremony held in Ado-Ekiti, capital of the state, on Wednesday, had 11 governorship candidates who signed the Peace Accord while other five candidates were absent hence didn’t partake in the peace deal.

The Chairman, called on residents in the state to take advantage of the off season election provided to vote and elect leaders of their choice.

“We are now witnessing a joyful surge of excitement across the country over the issue of voter registration. Nigerians are now using various platforms from faith- based association, civil society groups, and ethnic and community platforms to assist other federal and state government agencies to encourage voter registration among our people.

“Since the 2015 elections, when the NPC came into being, we at the NPC over the years have gradually been woven into the beautiful fabric of the good work of the INEC.

“The collaboration has given birth to the various successful amendments to the electoral law which has also helped to strengthen the confidence of Nigerians in their electoral processes”, he added.