- About 26 political parties registered political parties have signed an undertaking to ensure peaceful and credible general elections in Ebonyi state
- Commissioner of police, Muhammad Mustafa, who presided over the signing ceremony, noted that sister security agencies and other relevant stakeholders desired violence-free elections
- Mustafa promised that the police and other security agencies would remain neutral and apolitical during the elections
Twenty-six registered political parties in Ebonyi state have signed an undertaking to ensure peaceful and credible general elections in the state in 2019.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the occasion was at the instance of the Ebonyi Police command and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) among other relevant authorities.
Muhammad Mustafa, commissioner of police in Ebonyi, who presided over the signing ceremony, noted that the command, sister security agencies and other relevant stakeholders desired violence-free elections in 2019.
“The political parties, INEC, security agencies, traditional rulers, stakeholders such as the former Minister of Police Affairs, among others are here for this particular purpose.
“This is a huge success and an indication that everyone is desirous of ensuring that the prevailing peaceful atmosphere in Ebonyi is maintained during the 2019 general elections,” he said.
The police boss promised that the police and other security agencies would remain neutral and apolitical during the elections but would decisively with trouble makers.
“The political parties’ primaries served as a mock-experience for us and its inherent lessons would spur us to perform better during the general elections.
“The biggest parties in the state, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and (All Progressives Congress (APC) must play the game by the rules and should be supported by the other parties to ensure peaceful polls.”
He noted that the command would give fair hearing and consideration to reports of alleged intimidation and harassment among others during the exercise.
“We have commenced actions on the cases and would not allow such incidences to occur in the state in order to maintain peaceful atmosphere before, during and after the elections.
“We would also assist in resolving the crisis within the Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC) as many of its members have assured that it would be resolved amicably.
“Members of unions disagree to agree and with their constitution, I am hopeful that all contending issues would be resolved to achieve peace.
Prof.Godswill Obioma, the INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in Ebonyi,said that the commission was fully committed to ensure credible and violence-free polls in the state in 2019.