BEVERLY HILLS, September 15, (THEWILL) – Candidates and Parties contesting the September 19 governorship election in Edo State, have signed a peace agreement facilitated by the National Peace Committee and YIAGA Africa.
The Peace Pact signed in Benin-City, had in attendance, the Chairman, National Peace Committee and former Head of State, Abdulsalam Abubakar, Bishop and Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Matthew Kukah, representatives of YIAGA Africa, INEC, the Police, members of political parties, traditional and religious groups, among others.
Reacting to the Peace Pact, a member of YIAGA Africa, Ezenwa Nwagu said, the accord is necessary following the previous narrative that suggests the drums of war in the election. According to him, YIAGA in collaboration with the National Peace Committee organised the event to douse tension in some quarters and avoid bloodshed on Saturday.
“The Peace Committee led by General Abubakar, Mathew Kukah, and the rest of them have moral weight and authority. “So YIAGA Africa, working with the peace committee, decided to source that moral weight to bring it to bear on political actors in Edo State to ensure they understand that this election is about the Edo people and their livelihood,” he said.