A National Peace committee meeting has been held in Makurdi the Benue State Capital in North Central Nigeria with key stakeholders on ensuring peaceful Elections this Saturday.
At the meeting Governor Samuel Ortom urged political parties in the state to prevail on their members to ensure peaceful Elections in the state come this Saturday.
The Governor who was represented by his Deputy Benson Abounu, reminded political parties and their candidates that they were seeking political office for the common good of everyone hence there was no need to resort to violence to achieve political positions.
The Governor further stated that peace was key to achieving any form of development in any society. He expressed his concern over the growing cases of insecurity in the country, and said that his administration would continue to tackle the security challenges being faced by the state at the moment.
He commended the chairman National Peace Committee retired General Abdulsalam Abubakar a former Nigerian Head of State, Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah and the entire peace committee. For the immense role they have played and continue to play to ensure peace before I, during and after the general elections, especially their intervention during the 2015 general elections where the incumbent president then who lost out conceded defeat without resorting to violence.
The chairman of the National Peace Committee General Abdulsalam Abubakar,Who was represented by John Nakada said at the event that the town hall meeting was designed to create awareness and build synergy among stakeholders for a peaceful supplementary polls in the state and to further compliment ongoing peace and development initiatives in the state to ensure a violence free Elections and urge the people to accept the final outcome of the elections.
A rerun of Elections is to be conducted in 49 Registration Areas, 204 polling units this Saturday the 23rd of March in 22 out of the 23 local government areas that make up Benue State.