Governorship Candidates of some parties failed to show up at the peace accord signing ceremony which took place on Thursday at the Police Command headquarters in Jalingo.
The candidates absent are; Gov. Darius Ishaku of Taraba (PDP), Sen. Aisha Alhassan, the immediate past Minister of Women Affairs (UDP), and Alhaji Sani Danladi (APC).
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), 14 other candidates, including Mr Kefas Sule of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), who is contesting on the platform of the All Blended Party (ABP) signed the peace pact.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr David Akinremi, who presided over the signing of the peace pact, said the aim was to commit the governorship candidates to peaceful conduct of the election.
Akinremi vowed that the Police and other security agencies will give all parties equal protection before, during and after the election.
He said, “We cannot as a nation move forward if we fail to promote peace. I want to appeal to you stakeholders to shun violence.
“If contesting election is for the sake of service, then there will be no need for violence before, during and after the election.”
Also speaking, the state’ INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, Alhaji Baba Yusuf, pledged to ensure a level playing ground for all candidates.
Sule, speaking on behalf of the candidates, thanked the security agencies for the initiative, pledging that the candidates will stand by the agreement.
He called on those absent to make efforts to sign the accord so as to ensure peaceful election in the state.
Meanwhile, the representatives of Ishaku and Alhassan were not allowed to partake in the signing, as the peace accord officials insisted on signing in person, while Danladi was not represented.