By Ewa Innocent, The Sight News
ABAKALIKI—Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi state, has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and Security agencies, to sign an undertaking for violence-free elections come February.
Umahi,who made the call while signing a peace accord for violence-free elections,through an Inter party Advisory Council,in Abakaliki,argued that it was rather a misplaced priority for political Parties to sign peace accord, as it was the Security agents and INEC that should sign a written undertaking to guarantee free and fair elections in the country.
His words, ”But,I think this signing by political Parties is misplaced. It is INEC and Security agencies that should be signing this peace accord. They should be signing undertaking that they will conduct themselves fairly and honestly in the discharge of their duties.
“So,I will ask nationally that the Security agencies and INEC should also sign undertaking for the conduct of free and fair elections, to safeguard the sovereignty, unity and oneness of the country. We political Parties,we have no guns,we have no powers”, he said.
Also speaking, the chairman of Inter Party Advisory Council in the state,Comrade Adibe-Nwafor Jennifer, stated that 26 of the 32 political Parties have signed the peace accord in the state.
She further explained, that the peace pact was brought to governor Umahi as a gubernatorial candidate, due to his absence during the first signing which took place on 28th December, 2018.
According to her, ”The governorship candidates in Ebonyi state signed,but His Excellency was not around,the APC candidate was not around.
“The APC candidate has not given me audience,but His Excellency said,come let me sign the peace pact, because,I want peaceful elections”, she said.
The signing of the peace accord was witnessd by Security chiefs, traditional rulers,local government chairmen and stakeholders of Ebonyi projects.