From Maurice Okafor, Enugu
The Enugu state commissioner of police Dan Mallam Mohammed, Wednesday, cautioned candidates of all political parties contesting for elective positions in the 2019 polls, including their supporters to stick to the rules guiding the elections and to avoid any act of violence.
Dan Mallam Mohammed sounded the warning at the occasion of signing of peace accord by the candidates of various political parties in the contest, an initiative of the Enugu State Police command.
He warned that anybody caught fomenting trouble would be dealt with according to the law and pleaded with the contestants to educate their supporters properly on the provisions of the electoral law and the pertinent need to stick to the rules.
The Enugu State governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, who was represented by his deputy, Hon Mrs Cecelia Ezeilo advised stakeholders and politicians not to allow their quest for power to disrupt atmospheric peace already existing in the State.
‘Our goal is to maintain the existing peaceful coexistence in the state, so we should not allow selfish interest to divide us”
Speaking to news men later, the Enugu State chairman of People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Hon. Augustine Nnamani expressed optimism that the signing of the peace accord by the contestants will to a large extent bring a sense of responsibility and discipline in their conducts, and paving way for free and fair election in the state.
Ben Nwoye, the Enugu State chairman of APC, however noted that the exercise has been a culture in every electioneering year and not a guarantee for free and fair election.