A former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, who is the Chairman of the National Peace Committee, has stated on Tuesday, that his Committee is intervening in the Edo State Governorship election, because of the tension it is generating so far.
He also said that the political temperature in Edo State, has been so high in some areas, stressing that, if there is no peace, there cannot be any election.
Gen. Abubakar noted that it is based on the need for peace, that his Committee decided to assist in calming the unwarranted tension.
He stated these at a meeting with the Edo State Governor and Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Candidate in the election, Godwin Obaseki, noting that members of his Committee were in Edo State, to assist in ensuring that the September 19 Governorship election is conducted peacefully.
His words: “So, your Excellency, this is why we are here in Benin, together with members of the Peace Committee, and Bishop of Sokoto Catholic Diocese, Bishop Matthew Kukah.
“Like I wrote to you in my letter from the Peace Committee, tomorrow the signing of the Peace Pact will take place at 2:00pm, between you, other Candidates, and their Chairmen.
“As you know, the purpose of this Committee, is to ensure that all those involved in this election get hold of their supporters and party people, to ensure that there is peace in the State.”
Responding, Governor Obaseki noted that the good work of Gen. Abubakar across the world, where he has been seeking peace across troubled zones, speaks for him.
Governor Obaseki’s words: “We just finished the Stakeholders’ meeting with the Independent National Electoral Commission Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, and the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Adamu, where they informed us about the significance of signing this peace pact.
“I just want to assure you that as a government and as an individual, we totally align with your cause. It is in our best interest as a government, to promote peace in our land.
“We are committed to ourselves, our Monarch, Oba Ewuare II, and our people, to do all within our powers to maintain peace. We are also going to applaud and support you to ensure that we take responsibility to ensure there is peace in this election.”
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