2019 polls: Kogi socio-cultural group initiates treaty on violence-free election

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Candidates of various political parties in the forthcoming General Elections in Kogi East Senatorial District have signed a peace agreement with Ukomu-Igala socio-cultural organisation, to shun thuggery and violence during the elections.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the peace accord was signed on Sunday in Anyigba, Dekina Local Government Area of the state, at the end of an interactive session initiated by the organisation.

Mrs Eugenia Abu, Director Programmes at the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), Abuja, moderated the session, at the end of which the candidates individually signed the peace agreement.

In his remarks at the occasion, Maj-Gen. Patrick Akpa (rtd), National Leader of the organisation, said the mindset of people before now was that elections could only be won through the use of money and political thugs.

“It is the vision of Ukomu-lgala and other frontline socio-cultural organizations in the land to change the narrative.

“It begins with an interactive session with political candidates where a social contract can be signed before they are elected.

“In Ukomu, we dream of a future where acquisition of power is not worth the blood of any lgala citizen; we dream of a future where politics is played by the rules.

“We dream of a future where money is not the major determinant of who holds political power, but the quality of ideas and competence to provide quality leadership.

“We dream of a future where politicians do not see themselves as overlords, but servants willing to freely subject themselves to accountability, where elections are not considered a do-or-die affair”, he said.

Akpa said that henceforth, anyone who aspired for political leadership and wished to get the support of the people, must sign a social contract with them, promising to address key Igala development issues when elected into office.

According to him, Ukomu-lgala, in consultation with other socio-cultural organisations, have identified key areas they want aspirants to address when elected into office.

He listed the priority areas as Agriculture, Education, Healthcare, Infrastructure and Political Empowerment, all tailored towards uplifting the condition of living of the people.

The leader of the organisation said the coalition of the socio-cultural organizations would organise similar interactive sessions with elected leaders while in office, where they would be required to give account of their stewardship.

NAN reports that present at the interactive session were National and State Assembly candidates of APC, PDP, SDP, YDP, APDA, in the coming General Elections.

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