APC Wants Level Praying Ground For Elections
Security agencies in Imo State today warned politicians ahead of the general elections to desist from acts that are capable of jeopardizing public peace and security in the State.
The warning was coming at the heels of a peace parley organized for politicians by the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC).
The Security Chiefs warned that any politician caught inciting violence in the state during and after the elections will be severely dealt with in accordance with the law.
Meanwhile the governorship candidates of the Action Alliance (AA), Uche Nwosu, All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Hope Uzodinma, People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Emeka Ihedioha, Change Advocacy Party (CAP), Ikenna Emmanuel, Young Progressive Party (YPP), Linus Okorie and All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Ifeanyi Araraume, among others signed agreement to be of peaceful conduct during the election.
Shortly before the signing of the agreement which was witnessed by security chiefs, officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), religious leaders and journalists, the state Commissioner of Police, Dasuki Galadanchi, urged the politicians to play by the rules and avoid all forms of violence.
According to him, the State has witnessed relative peace when compared to other states in the Federation, as a result of the “cooperation and support of the people of the state”.
He said, “you will agree with me that this hard-earned peace and tranquillity we enjoy and experience in Imo State should be guarded jealously, thus, we have no other option than to ensure this endures before, during and after the elections”.
In his brief speech, the State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Francis Ezeonu, assured that INEC is prepared to conduct the credible election that will meet the aspirations of all the parties
He restated his commitment to providing a level playing ground for all the political parties participating in the election while pleading with the candidates to abide by rules and regulations guiding the election.