Candidates contesting for different elective positions on the platform of different political parties in Delta State have signed a peace accord to honour the interest of democracy.
The Delta State peace accord meeting was held on Wednesday in Asaba, the state capital.
The peace accord, which was packaged by the Delta State Police Command to ensure peace before, during and after the general elections, was well attended by top security chiefs in the Police, Army, SSS and other sectors at the state capital.
Speaking at the event, the Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Zone 5, Mr Musa Daura, said that it was important for peaceful elections to be achieved, emphasising that “we must all be in the vanguard for a credible and acceptable electoral process.”
Daura also said that the security has resolved to provide an electoral environment free of intimidation, saying politicians should play the game by the rules bearing in mind that they are sportsmen; he urged all to shun criminal and electoral violence before, during and after the elections.
The governor, who presided over the signing described the shift in dates of the elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as laudable and in their interest.
The state Commissioner of Police, Mr Alkali Baba Usman in an address said that they must not agree alone, but equally realize the need to be more democratic in the conduct of political activities within the ambit of the law, with a view to ensuring peace, understanding and respect for one another.
Speaking to journalists after the signing, some candidates mentioned that the reason behind this act was for a free and fair elections, void of violence.