Former Head of State, Retired Gen Abdulsalami Abubakar, Chairman of the National Peace Committee on Monday at the State capital met with Governor Godwin Obaseki.
Gen Abubakar Meets With Governor ObasekiSpeaking of the purpose of his visit, Abubakar said that members of his committee were in Edo State to assist in ensuring that the Sept 19 governorship election was conducted as peacefully as possible.
While addressing the governor, the People’s Democratic Party PDP candidate, ahead of the peace pact by all political parties involved in the election, Abubakar explained that the political temperature in the State has been high and it is the peace committee duty to assist in reducing the tension.
“So your Excellency, this is why we are here in Benin together with members of the peace committee and Bishop of Sokoto Catholic Diocese, Bishop Matthew Kukah.
“Like I wrote to you, tomorrow the signing of the peace pact will take place at 2pm between you, other candidates and their chairmen.
“As you know, the purpose of the committee is to ensure that all those involved in this election get hold of their supporters and party people to ensure that there’s peace in the state,” he said.
Governor Obaseki on his part welcomed Abubakar, noting that his good work across the world in seeking for peace is renowned.
“We just finished the stakeholders meeting with the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC CHAIRMAN, Prof Mahmood Yakubu and the Inspector General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu, where they informed us about the significance of signing this peace pact.
“I just want to assure you that as a government and an individual, we totally align with your cause. It is in our best interest as a government to promote peace in our land.”