Abia State Commissioner of Police, Habila Joshak has warned politicians not top see elections as a do or die affair, stressing that it is important that all stakeholders in the electoral process should play by the rules.
Joshak who stated this in Aba at the signing of a peace accord by political parties and their candidates in the 2015 general elections at the Aba South council secretariat, added that that the police in the state is committed to ensuring a violence free elections.
“We are signing this accord to ensure that you play the game according to the rule. We want to ensure that your supporters out there understand your body language. They may not know what you feel about campaigning for this position. Some of them have taken it to the extreme height. Some of them have made it a fight. Some of them are exhibiting a do-or-die attitude when some of you do not wish it so. There is an unlimited opportunity for you to meet your supporters, bring them together and tell them that this is not a war but a game, “the CP said.
Joshak said that the police was ensuring the signing of the pact because of the early warning signs of trouble from the utterances and body languages of some politicians.
He urged politicians to foster cordial relationships among themselves as examples for their followers adding that such would make the elections violence-free.
In her remarks at the occasion, PDP candidate for Aba North State Constituency in the Abia state House of Assembly, Mrs Blessing Nwagba added that the pact was necessary to sustain democracy.
Nwagba who is a member of the State House of Assembly urged Nigerians to ensure that democracy in Nigeria is sustained and promised that her followers would abide by the accord.
While commending the Police for the initiative, APGA candidate for Aba North/ Aba South federal constituency, Chief Ossy Prestige said the pact would work if only parties signed with sincerity.
He insisted that the accord can only work if the police would be fair to all without looking at faces. The APGA candidate urged the police to shun partisanship and enforce the law without fear or favour.
Prestige urged the ruling party in the state not to fail in keeping the accord.
Earlier in his address, Police Area Commander in Aba, Peter Wagbara, an Assistant Commissioner of Police, promised that his men would be fair and firm in ensuring that the pact is implemented in his zone during elections.
“On our part as police officer, we would be fair and firm and anybody who tries fomenting any trouble, we will allow the law to take its cause,” he said.