By Festus Ahon
ASABA—Ahead of the March 28 and April 11 general elections, political actors, stakeholders and their political parties in Delta State, yesterday, signed a peace pact with security agents.
The governorship candidate of All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief O’Tega Emerhor, Chairman of APC in the state, Prophet Jones Erue and Delta North senatorial candidate of PDP, Chief Peter Nwaoboshi, shunned the well attended peace meeting, which was held in Asaba.
Those who signed the peace pact, which was facilitated by the Delta State Police Command, include governorship candidates, National Assembly candidates, House of Assembly candidates and chairmen of the various political parties.
Those in attendance were the governorship candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa and Labour Party’s Chief Great Ogboru.
Also present were the Delta central senatorial candidate of Labour Party, Obarisi Ovie Omo-Agege, and his PDP counterpart, Chief Ighoyota Amori, Delta North senatorial candidate of Accord Party, Engr. Victor Ochei, Delta South senatorial candidate of APC, Yemi Emiko and a host of others.
The peace signing pact which was administered by the Assistant Inspector-General, AIG, of Police, Zone 5, Mr Musa Daura, was witnessed by the state governor, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan, his deputy, Prof. Amos Utuama, Bishop of Asaba Diocese of the Anglican Communion, Rt. Rev. Justus Mogekwu, the state Commissioner for Justice, Mr Charles Ajuyah and Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Aniedi Abasi Ikoiwak.
Speaking during the event, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Alkali Usman, said the peace pact was part of strategy to forestall politically motivated “violence before, during and after the election,” warning that the command would not tolerate any form of political violence.
Expressing the readiness of the command to ensure a violence-free atmosphere during the elections, he said: “The command has put in place special investigation teams to investigate and prosecute all infractions on the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended) in conjunction with the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC and of course all extant laws in force.”