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Anambra guber: Candidates sign peace accord as Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar insists on compliance

Anthony Iwuoma

All chairmen and candidates of the 17 political parties taking part in Saturday’s Anambra State gubernatorial election, on Thursday, signed a peace accord to respect the outcome of the exercise or follow due process if not satisfied

The Chairman of the National Peace Committee, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd), urged the candidates and political parties to abide by the peace accord to ensure a free and fair election in the state.

The former Head of State also insisted that any aggrieved party, rather than resort to violence, should follow due legal process to redress his grouse.

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Those that signed the peace accord included the front runners Valentine Ozigbo of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP),  Prof. Chukwuma Soludo of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and Andy Uba of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Gen. Abubakar described the peace accord, as ‘a clarion call’ for stakeholders to commit themselves to a peaceful electoral process.

According to him, “We, members of the National Peace Committee have come to Anambra State to support a peaceful electoral process.

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“We cherish Anambra State, and we cherish the peace and unity of Nigeria. Most importantly, we want to contribute our own quota to see that the governorship election in Anambra State is devoid of violence.

“We call on candidates, their parties and supporters to accept the outcome of the vote as long as it is judged to be free, fair and credible.

“In the letter and spirit of the accord, any aggrieved party should not resort to violence, but follow a judicial process,” Gen. Abubakar said.