By Chukwudi Ikpe
The Imo State Police Command has warned all the governorship candidates and their various political parties not to forment trouble if they lose in the forth-coming general election in the state.
The Commissioner of Police in charge of the command, CP Dasuki Galadanchi, gave the warning at the Peace Accord/ Agreement meeting with the candidates at the Force headquarters in Owerri last Tuesday.
He noted that Imo State, with 70, has the highest number of governorship candidates in the federation and called on them to exhibit spirit of sportsmanship.
“May I kindly remind all candidates that only one of you will become the Executive Governor of Imo State come May 2019. A winner will emerge and loosers will emerge. If you win, it means it is your time to lead Imo State the best way you can. If you lose, it provides you the great opportunity to re-evaluate, re-analyze and re-strategize to re-contest as the case may be”, CP Galadanchi stated.
According to the police boss, Imo State has witnessed relative peace when compared with other states in the federation. This, he said, is as a result of the robust partnership and synergy that exist between the various security agencies in the state.
He reiterated the command’s resolve to ensure peace and tranquility before, during and after the elections.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner, Imo State, Prof. Francis Ezeonu, promised that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will provide a fair playing ground for all candidates and their political parties.
Also speaking at the event, the chairman, Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC), Imo State, Hon. Duru Beneth, praised security agencies in Imo State and expressed confidence in the present INEC. He called on politicians to do their homework very well and exhibit spirit of sportsmanship.
Hon. Duru thanked Imo CP for organizing the meeting and promised that IPAC will work with political parties for a successful election.
The highpoint of the event was the signing of the Peace Accord/ Agreement by the Governorship candidates and their various political parties.
Among those that took part in the Accord signing were Emeka Ihedioha (PDP), Uche Nwosu (AA), Linus Okorie (YPP), Hope Uzodinma (APC), Chudi Ofegbu(PPC), Alloysius Osuji (MAJA) among several others.