Former Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Mattew Kukah and other National Peace Committee members, on Tuesday, attended the signing of the peace accord by candidates participating in the forthcoming governorship election in Edo state.
The ceremony, holding in Benin City, the Edo State capital, was organised by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in conjunction with the Abdulsalami-led National Peace Committee.
Speaking at the event, INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, underscored the negative effects of violence on the electoral process.
Bishop Kukah also spoke on the importance of shunning violence.
He compared the signing of the Peace Accord to the exchange of vows.
Earlier this month, Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II, held a peace meeting with the leading candidates, Godwin Obaseki of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
He admonished the political actors to avoid heating up the polity, adding that they must put the interest of the state first.
While appealing to the political actors to sheathe their swords, the king asked them to avoid violence.
He thereafter demanded an assurance from the politicians that there will be peace before, during and after the elections.
The governorship election in the state is scheduled to hold on September 19, 2020.