Kogi Election: Political Parties Sign Peace Accord

In preparation for the gubernatorial election in Kogi state scheduled for Saturday, various stakeholders and political parties have come together to sign a peace accord. This peace agreement, signed on Wednesday in Lokoja, was organized by the Kukah Center and supported by the European Union. Its primary goal is to engage all election stakeholders with the aim of ensuring a fair and violence-free electoral process.

Representing Bishop Mathew Hassan Kukah of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Attah Barkindo emphasized that the election should not be treated as a “do-or-die” affair. He urged politicians to conduct themselves with decorum to facilitate a smooth election process. Kukah expressed gratitude to the people of Kogi State for their resilience and belief in democracy while emphasizing the need to discourage violence during elections. This peace accord reflects the collective effort to promote a peaceful and transparent electoral process in Kogi state.

He said, “Whatever happens, democracy is better than dictatorship. I want to appreciate all the political parties that are present here. We were afraid that nobody would honour this peace accord.

“The reason is that people have lost trust and are in despair. There is despondency across the land. People don’t trust institutions. You have come out and supported us for this great cause.

“We are highly grateful to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies for all the support and partnership we have received over the years.”