A former Head of State and Chairman of National Peace Committee, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd) has urged the people of Anambra State to maintain peace before, during and after the November 6, gubernatorial election in the state.
He told them emphatically that “if there is no peace, there will be no people and there will be no country to call our own”.
Gen. Abubakar, who was accompanied by the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto, Fr. Matthew Kukah, said this in Asaba, the Delta State capital, while returning from Awka, Anambra State capital, ahead of Saturday’s governorship election in Anambra State.
“As we always say, there must be peace because if there is no peace, there will be no country, there will be no state and there will be no election.
“So it is absolutely necessary to ensure that there is peace and for the contestants, they must know that there can only be a winner, and they must take the outcome of the election in good faith if the election is free and fair they must accept the result.
“If they have any misgiving, there are channels in the courts to seek redress, so my appeal to the people of Anambra is to come out and vote for the candidate of their choice and for the candidates to accept the outcome of Saturday’s election if it is free and fair,” Gen. Abubakar said.
The former Head of State also commended Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State for sustaining the peace in the state.
The former military leader also noted the peace being enjoyed in Delta State has enabled the governor to carry out developmental projects in the nooks and crannies of the state.
In the words of Gen. Abubakar, “Bishop Matthew Kukah and I are coming from Awka.
“You know that Saturday is the Governorship election in Anambra, and in our duty as the National Peace Committee, we went there to sign a peace accord with the contestants.
“We felt that it would be out of place if we came through Asaba without coming to see the Governor of Delta.
“I must commend Governor Okowa sincerely because when you come to Asaba, if you are away for about two to three months when you come you will see quite a lot of changes and development.
“I want to congratulate the Governor for the good work he is doing and also for the peace in the state.
“It is necessary that for any progress to be made there must be peace so I must thank the people of Delta for keeping the peace and allowing the Governor to do what he is doing in terms of development and so on,” he maintained.