By kehinde Emmanuel, ilorin
Twenty five out of fifty seven registered political parties in Kwara State has agreed to conduct theirselves in a peaceful Manner before during and after general elections by signing a peace accord facilitated by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Kwara State office.
The peace accord, which has representative of all security agencies in attendance was very necessary as result of recent political violence in the state that claimed lives and properties worth millions of naira destroyed.
According to the Residence electoral commission in the state Mr Attahiru Garba “I am very worried that Kwara State that is know for peace and regarded as state of Harmony are now turned to state of violence.
“Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) are in existence as result of political parties. No INEC without political parties, and I urge all political parties to talk to their supporters to follow rule and regulations of the game. It is God that gives power and power is for service delivery to the people. We should desist from campaign of calumny and engage in Issues based campaign”
In his speech the Kwara State commissioner of police , Mr Bashir Makama, called on all political parties to always give at least 48 hours notification to security agencies before embarking on any political campaign in order for them to be given adequate security for protection of lives and properties.
He, added that, police force have started arresting political thugs that behind recent violence in the state and they will parade them in front of journalists for the general public to see at the appropriate time. And warned the Political leaders to desist from buying hard drugs for their thugs because this always encourage them to go violent.
Meanwhile the Inter party advisory Council (IPAC) promised on behalf of all political parties in the state to adhered rules and regulations of campaign and ensure free and fair elections in the state.