Ugo Nosiri, Owerri
In the bid to ensure a conflict-free governorship election in Imo State, come November 11, 2023, five out of the seventeen gubernatorial candidates representing various political parties have come together to sign a groundbreaking peace accord.
Notably, among the absentee candidates was the incumbent state governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma of the All Progressives Congress, APC.
The peace accord ceremony which was organised by the Justice, Development, Peace, and Caritas Commission, the Catholic Archdiocese of Owerri; the National Voter’s Drive Coalition; and the Imo Advocacy Group, revolves around ensuring a non-violent election process within the state.
The event also offered a platform for gubernatorial candidates to unveil their visions and aspirations to a captivated audience, consisting of a multitude of eager Imo residents, awaiting insights from the contenders.
The signatories of the peace accord are Senator Athan Achonu of the Labour Party, Senator Samuel Anyanwu of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Okere John Jude of the Accord Party, Major General Lincoln Ogunewe (retd.) of Action Alliance, and Sir Anthony Ejiogu of the All Progressives Grand Alliance.