The peace of Gombe State is more important than anyone's political ambition.

That is the message that was preached when 30 gubernatorial candidates from various political parties in Gombe State signed a peace accord before the Inter Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES) on Thursday January 25.

Impressed by the conduct of the political actors, the Gombe State, Governor Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo applauded the politicians for the peaceful conduct of their campaigns ahead of the upcoming general elections.

Represented by his Chief of Staff, Alhaji Ahmed Yayari, the governor enjoined the politicians to play the game according to the rule book. 

“Government and security agencies as well as religious and traditional rulers have tried so hard to make Gombe peaceful, as such we should appreciate it by making sure that the peace is maintained”.

In his remarks, the Gombe State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) of the INEC, Umar Ibrahim, assured the candidates and other politicians that INEC is committed to creating a level playing field for political parties in the country.

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“We have a very good posture and we will continue to maintain that tempo”.

He also appealed to the candidates to sensitize their supporters on the need to go and collect their Permanent Voters Card (PVC) before 8th February. 

“Elections will come and go, but Gombe State will remain, therefore let’s act towards better and peaceful Gombe State,” he added.

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Commissioner of Police in Gombe State, Muhammad Garba Mukaddas, who doubles as the Chairman of the ICCES, assured that there will be no compromise in ensuring quality election and security service delivery by police in the State.

“It could be recalled that what we are doing here today played a vital role towards peaceful electoral process in the year 2015, it is our sincere hope that all the political parties, their members and leaders will ensure that the accord 2019 is honored and allowed to work so that our state will remain peaceful,” he said.