Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, governor of Kano state and his main opponent Abba Kabir Yusuf, candidate of the Kwankwassiya faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have signed an accord to maintain peace before, during and after the 2019 elections.
Ganduje, who is the candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) signed the peace pact on Wednesday in the presence of the special representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations, Muhammad Ibn Chambas.
The event took place at the Convocation Arena, Bayero University, Kano, also in the presence of the National Chairman of the National Peace Committee, former Head of State, Gen. Abdussalami Abubakar (rtd), the Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II, leaders of the political parties in the state, civil society organisations, religious Clerics and community leaders.
Part of the objectives of the Accord include “To engage flag bearers of all political parties in the state to abide by the rules of engagement as enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Electoral Act 2010, as amended and to explore ways of advocating the importance of peace, before, during and after the 2019 general elections.”
Another objective of the accord is “to monitor through the Kano Civil Society Forum, the political campaign activities of all the political parties and their candidates to assess their compliance with the provisions of the Peace Accord.”
All the candidates have accept to run an issue-based campaigns at state, local government and ward levels without spreading hate speeches during campaign period.
They also agreed to support all institutions of government, including the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies, to work without any bias, while also promising to discourage violence among supporters.
In his remarks, Ganduje noted that it was his responsibility to ensure peace in Kano state at all times, not only during election period.
“Whether there is election or no election, it is my constitutional responsibility, as the Chief Security officer of the state, to see that there is peace and it is maintained in the state,” he said, according to a statement by Abba Anwar, his chief press secretary.
“Any party that breaks any of the provisions of the Accord, then this Committee should contact the leadership of such erring elements.
“If I get the opportunity I will invite all the gubernatorial candidates to come to the State House and discuss with them ways on how to see to the successful implementation of the Peace Accord among us,” he added.
On his part, national chairman of the Peace Committee, retired general Abubakar, commended all those who participated in the signing of the Accord, urging them to abide by all the provisions of the agreement.