Elections not same as war, AIG to political parties

electionLeaders of political parties in Kano State have signed an accord with an advice not to see the general elections as a war situation.

The signing of the peace pact, initiated by the Nigeria Police in the state, took place at the Bompai Police Officers Mess.

Senior police officers, lawyers, the media, the governorship candidates, senators, and executive members of the political parties in the state attended the signing of the peace pact.

Speaking at the event, Assistant Inspector General, Zone 1, Alhaji Muhammad Tambari Yabo, implored the political parties to discourage their supporters from carrying dangerous weapons to campaign rallies.

He bemoaned the cases of avoidable deaths during political clashes in the state and chared the candidates to always screen those who accompany them to campaigns for weapons before embarking on the rallies.

The police boss maintained that election was not the same as going to war, regretting that the country was still grappling with the challenges of electoral violence unlike countries like Ghana and Zambia, which had since demonstrated that peaceful election was possible and feasible.

Also, at the event, the newly promoted Assistant Inspector General of Police, Alhaji Adenrele Tasheed Shinaba, who still heads the command, said the accord was a replica of the one signed recently by the parties at the federal level.

He lamented that the two leading political parties, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressives Congress (APC) could rarely see each other without a fight, adding that the state has recorded several clashes in the recent times.

He urged the leaders of the parties to talk to their supporters on the need for peace and assured that the police would discharge its constitutional duties of promoting and ensuring peace, before, during and after the elections. -SunNews

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