Thu. Nov 24th, 2022

ABIA POLITICAL STAKEHOLDERS ENJOINED TO PLAY BY THE RULES.

Political Stakeholders in the State have been enjoined to play by the rules to ensure free fair and credible elections come 2023.

Speaking during a Peace Accord Meeting at the Police Officers Mess Umuahia, the Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu represented by the Commissioner for Documentation and Strategic Communications Mr. Ugochukwu Emezuo appreciated the State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Mustapha Bala for the harmonious relationship existing between the State Police Command, the State Government and IPAC.

Mr. Emezuo who appealed to the parties to eschew thuggery, bitterness and rancor urged those who are yet to obtain their permanent voter cards to do so to enable them exercise their franchise during the elections disclosing that Governor Ikpeazu has promised to give a level play-ground to all the parties in the state.                             

Speaking, the State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Mustapha Baba said that the essence of the meeting was to sensitize the political stakeholders on the electoral process and need to keep the peace in collaboration with the Media and National Orientation Agency. 

Mr. Bala who made it clear that the police as a neutral body is poised to ensure the protection of lives of both the contestants and the electorates during the election appealed to INEC to treat every player equally to ensure a credible election

In his remarks, the Resident Electoral Commissioner Abia State, PROF. Ikeh Uzochukwu represented by the Administrative Secretary, INEC, Mr. Charles Ezema advised political parties to engage on issue based campaigns devoid of hate speech, destruction of opponent’s bill boards and posters reminding them that there is life after the election.

 Also speaking, the Inter Party Advisory Committee Chairman in the state, Mr. Ceekay Igara who appealed to INEC not to give undue advantage to any political party but to be fair to all described hack of Justice as a factor militating against the conduct of credible elections in the country.

Our Correspondent, James Nmeribe, reports that the event which was attended by representatives of all the political parties in the state, head of personnel of security agencies featured the signing of Peace Accord documents and group photographs.

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