By Chioma Onuegbu
Uyo — STAKEHOLDERS in Akwa Ibom State have advocated inclusive governance as one of the key strategies in promoting peace and unity among members and supporters of the various political parties after the just concluded general election.
They spoke, yesterday, in Uyo, the state capital at a one-day public forum to curb post election violence and promote peace, unity and patriotism organised by National Orientation Agency, NOA, on the theme “Building a people of peace.”
Speaking, the Paramount Ruler of Itu Local Government Area of the state, Edidem Inyang, stressed the need for winners in the elections to carry the losers along through appointments into positions, adding that such would discourage animosity.
The state Director, NOA, Mr. Enoh Uyoh, in his keynote address said the principle of post-election peace building is sine-qua non in stabilising the polity and the society at large.
He said: “Peace building entails repairing relationships, and putting in place schemes that can help the individuals, groups and disputing parties to be united once again.”
Similarly, Chief Imam of Akwa Ibom State, Mohammed Adamu, said: “The elections have come and gone and I thank God the elections were peaceful in Akwa Ibom State. My advice to all the actors, especially the winners, is that they should be magnanimous in victory.”
Also speaking, representative of All Progressives Congress, APC, and state chairman of the party, Mr. Ini Okopido, who was represented by his deputy, Dr. Ita Udosen, thanked the security agencies for helping in bringing down the tension in the state prior to the elections.