The Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission and security agencies in the country to sign an undertaking that they will be fair and honest in their dealings during the forthcoming general elections.
Umahi made his position known on Wednesday night when the state Chairman of the Inter-Party Advisory Council, Mrs Jennifer Adibe, paid him a courtesy visit at the Government House, Abakaliki.
He said, “I think this signing of peace accord by political parties is being misplaced. It is INEC and security agencies that should be signing this Peace Accord.
“They, and not the political parties, should be signing undertaking that they will conduct themselves fairly and honestly in the discharge of their duties during the elections.
“We have no guns. We have no powers. So, I will ask nationally that security agencies and INEC should sign undertaking to be fair; and conduct free and elections to safeguard the unity, the integrity and the oneness of this country. This is my submission.
“As you all know, this peace accord had been signed at the national level and in many states of the federation and it has always been initiated by security agencies.”
Adibe had earlier told the governor that IPAC had organized a peace program for candidates of all political parties for the purpose of signing a peace pact.
She said she was at the Government House at the governor’s instance, so that he can sign the agreement as somebody who believes in free and fair elections.
“His Excellency, the Governor said I should come for him to sign the peace accord, because he wants peaceful and free elections.
“That’s why we are here this evening for the governor to sign his own part of the peace pact,” she said.