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45 Political Parties and Independent National Electoral Commission Signs Peace Accord



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Yenagoa witnessed an epoch-making event when all the forty-five political parties signed a
peace accord with INEC.

The political parties involved in the peace accord signing are those whom nominated candidates will partake in the Bayelsa State election next weekend.

Many dignitaries witnessed this special event that will remain in the halls of history. Among them were; the Bayelsa State Council of Traditional Rulers Chairman, Diete-Spiff. IGP Adamu Abubakar, the Inspector General of Police, also witnessed the event.

Also present at the occasion are Brig-General Ibrahim Shauibu the Director-General of NYSC (National Youth Service Corps) as well as RECs {Resident Electoral Commissioners from Delta, Anambra, Adamawa. That is, National Commissioners Okey Ibeanu and Festus Okoye.

The Nigerian Immigration Services, Civil Defense Corps, Nigerian Security, and Nigerian Correctional Services and many other stakeholders also sent their delegates.

Mahmood Yakubu, who is the Commission’s Chairman, made brief remarks. In his speech, the Chairman assured all the stakeholders that the commission is quite ready for the poll. He also pleaded with all the parties involved to cooperate with them.

Reactions to the Pleas

The Chairman of Legal Services Committee and Bayelsa State National Commissioner, May Agbamuche, reacted. In her speech, she warned people against misbehaving. Her riot act was focused more on those that buy votes and snatchers of ballot boxes who are deliberately risking N1 million fines and/or 1-year imprisonment.

In the speech, she condemned the disturbing trend of using provocative language and hate speech during campaigns. According to her, it is unacceptable. Moreover, it is against the electoral act under section 95 (1) and (2).

The speech continued to say explain that using words or language that can incite violence because of politics is unethical. Furthermore, it is not appropriate to indulge in character, assassination, which is damaging and destructive to society.

Every stakeholder should stand up against fight the war against all these evil committed in the
name of politics. The spread of this act is not surprising, though, since social media lives off hate speeches.

Punishment for the Offense

Any individual committing the above-stated acts in the name of politics is an offence and liable to the fine of N1, 000,0000.00, or 1-year imprisonment. If a political party commits these acts, they are liable to an N2,000,0000.00 fine initial payment and a fine of N1,000,000.00 for a subsequent offence. That is in accordance with the 2010 electoral act, section 23 (1) (a) as amended.

Overall, the speech brought to light all the Election Day offences, which are carried out by individuals and political parties and denounced them.

After the speech, the INEC Chairman stressed the commission’s readiness to take care of such eventualities. According to him, all the sensitive materials for the election are already in their Yenagoa office. Moreover, all of them are sorted, batched, categorized, and ready to be sent to the Wards, LGAs, and polling units. The only thing remaining is for the CBN to deliver them this weekend in Bayelsa State.


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