Guber Election: Senator Albert, 12 Others Sign Peace Accord
The most popular and acceptable Governorship Candidate for Saturday, March 18, 2023, Governorship polls in Akwa Ibom State, Senator Bassey Albert Akpan, CON has reaffirmed his commitment to a peaceful electoral process that will usher in new leadership for the people of the State.
Senator Albert, speaking during the signing of a Peace Accord by governorship candidates and chairmen of political parties at the State Police Command, headquarters, Ikot Akpan Abia, Uyo on Tuesday, March 14, 2023, assured that only a peaceful and transparent electoral process can give the people the opportunity to elect a candidate of their choice at the polls.
Exuding confidence and joy at the brief ceremony, OBA, the most benevolent political functionary in Akwa Ibom, emphasized that he remains the best choice to win the polls on Saturday.
“I am committed to a peaceful Akwa Ibom State. My presence here today clearly shows that we can only succeed to achieve our set targets when we have a peaceful society to lead the people and I can assure you that beyond our victory this weekend, we will build on new foundations in various sectors that will build a renaissance in all sectors of the Positive Impact Agenda for our people.
“I’m happy that INEC has assured us that the challenges of the last election will be addressed. The people must not be disfranchised. I’m also aware that result sheets have been signed out by the Resident Electoral Commissioner. We have received several messages that there are plots to arrest our members before and during the election. I want to appeal that the Police will not be engaged in such acts. We are also aware that several thugs have been brought into the State in the last two weeks.
“I believe in a united Akwa Ibom State, I believe in the renewed hope that the Young Progressives Party (YPP) is offering and I believe in a peaceful process that will usher in a new dawn of leadership under our party for the prosperity of the state.
“Let me use this opportunity to call on the electoral umpire, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to live above board, and ensure an enabling process that will make the election credible and acceptable,” he stated.
In his response, the representative of INEC on the occasion assured that the exercise on Saturday will cover up all lapses observed in the previous exercise of Presidential/National Assembly Elections held on Saturday, February 25, 2023.
The ceremony, coordinated by the Akwa Ibom State Commissioner of Police, CP Olatoye Durosinmi had in attendance Heads of all the relevant Security Agencies, Governorship Candidates of 12 political parties, Party Chairmen of the Parties, Stakeholders of various Civil Society Organizations including the Nigeria Labour Congress and the traditional Institution.
All the other candidates present urged INEC to ensure an enabling environment that will usher in a credible outcome and that security agencies must be alive to their responsibilities of ensuring the security of lives and property throughout the election.
Senator Albert, alongside 12 other Governorship Candidates signed the Peace Accord at about 2:40 pm.