The Governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Gombe State, Senator Usman Bayero Nafada, has enjoined the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to apply the principle of justice in the conduct of the forthcoming general elections.
Gombe Peace Accord: Bayero Nafada tasks INEC to ensure justice for all
Bayero Nafada gave the charge shortly after he and twenty-nine other Governorship candidates in the state signed an undertaking to conduct themselves and their supporters peacefully before, during and after the 2019 general elections.
Pledging his commitment, Senator Nafada said, “Well for myself, I am committed, whenever you are talking about peace, there must be justice, if there is no justice, the peace we are talking about will not be there”.
According to him, “This ingredient that is called justice must always be there and I believe that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is ready to do justice and if they are ready, I believe this peace accord we have just signed will work.
Reacting to the development, the Chairman, Media and Publicity Committee of the 2019 PDP Campaign Council in the state, Dahiru Hassan Kera said, both the incumbent Gov. Dankwambo and Sen. Nafada have done a lot to bring peace and stability to the state.
‘’We’re all aware that when Sen. Bayero was the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, there was nothing like the Kalare political thugs and when Dankwambo came in, he exterminated the activities of the dreaded group he inherited from the immediate past administration and we will never allow the proponents of bitter politics to come close to power and tamper with the peace we’re already enjoying in the state,’’ he said.
Earlier, before the signing of the peace accord, the Gombe State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Alhaji Umar Ibrahim said the signing of the ‘Peace Accord’ organized by INEC in conjunction with the Gombe State Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES) is aimed at showing the commitment to uphold the peace ahead of the 2019 general elections in Gombe State.
According to him, “We are here today not to force an accord but to understand with one another the importance of peace in our separate and collective efforts to build a prosperous Gombe State. The conduct of credible elections is our collective responsibility and our actions or inactions can either make or mar the exercise”.
While assuring of INEC’s commitment to creating a level playing field for political parties regardless of religion or tribe, Alhaji Umar enjoined the candidates and their party Chairmen to make a conscious effort at ensuring that the peace enjoyed in the State is sustained over the election period and beyond”.
The Co-Chairman of ICCES and Gombe State Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Garba Mukaddas, called on the parties and their candidates to honour the peace accord by remaining peaceful and speak out against violence, hate speeches and other actions that could be inimical to the peaceful conduct of the elections.
He said, security agencies would remain professional and would not compromise the processes so as to ensure quality of the general elections.