The Chairman of the National Peace Committee, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd.), has disclosed that all presidential candidates will sign another peace accord before the elections.

Abdulsalami, who was speaking at a high level dialogue on peaceful elections in Kaduna on Wednesday, confirmed that the candidates would sign the accord to accept the outcome of the elections if adjudged free, fair and credible.

The former head of state who was represented by the Director, National Peace Committee Secretariat Rev. Father Atta Barkindo, said the signing of another peace accord, was to avert election violence as currently being experienced in Sudan and other African countries.

“Since last year, the commission has had series of meetings with critical stakeholders and that is why on 11th December,  2018 we signed the accord for peaceful conduct and rallies. Next month, we are also going to sign another with all the presidential candidates in terms of accepting the outcome of the elections if they are adjudged to be free, fair and credible”, he said.

Also speaking, Governor of Kaduna state, Nasiru El-Rufai, urged all stakeholders to be careful of “politicians hiding their children at home or either taking them to Abuja or Europe during election periods and instead engage children of the poor to give them peanuts and drugs pushing them into mayhem and destruction and tell such politicians to send their children on such errands and the story changes.

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“The UN and National Peace Committee are in Kaduna because there is a reasonable belief of electoral violence in the state, but it is our duty as stakeholders to disappoint them by not engaging in any election violence.

"Pre-election period,  campaign period and post-elections period violence is usually induced by politicians who give youths money and drugs to harass political opponents which results to violence.

"The control of these periods is in our hands as politicians and unless we decide to work together to end the menace, it will spread. I call on community leaders not to allow politicians use youths as thugs during elections due to its dire consequences”.

Kaduna State Commissioner of Police, Ahmad Abdur-Rahaman, revealed that his command had intelligence reports that some politicians were planning to use thugs to disrupt elections and snatch ballot boxes, saying “I pray and hope they will refrain from their decisions because the police and other security agencies will never allow such to happen”.

The UN Special Representatives of the Secretary-General for West Africa and the Sahel, Dr. Ibn Chambas said if the forthcoming elections were conducted well, it would save the entire continent from the trouble of refugees and other vices occasioned by electoral violence.

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