Signing of peace pact unnecessary – Donald Duke
A former governor of Cross River state and presidential candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Donald Duke, has condemned the recent signing of a peace pact by candidates of various political parties.
Punch reports that Duke said Nigeria had required laws which make provision for punishments for electoral offenders.
Speaking at the presentation of a book titled “The coming revolution: A manifesto for national greatness,” written by Professor Iyorwuese Hagher, the former governor said these laws deals with those who would not respect the norms of the society.
“There is really no need for peace accord because we have laws. We just want to show that we are coming into the race,” Duke said.
“There are laws that deal with those who don’t want to respect the norms of the society. In a sane society, it ought not to be so,” he added.
Having also signed the peace pact with presidential candidates of other parties, Duke however said the pact would stop political leaders from orchestrating violence in next year’s elections.
“The peace accord is necessary. It is one of the fundamental things to do. You can’t have elections of violence. INEC must do the right thing by increasing voter education.
“INEC should live up to its responsibility by sanctioning candidates involved in vote buying so that everybody will fall in line.
“Until we do that, people will continue to do whatever they like,” Duke noted.
Meanwhile, we previously reported that the presidential candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Atiku Abubakar and his Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN) counterpart, Dr Oby Ezekwesili,signed the peace accord on the conduct of the 2019 elections on Wednesday, December 12.
The two candidates and some others were not present when President Muhammadu Buhari, who is the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) signed the accord in Abuja on Tuesday, December 11.