Four political parties sign peace accord in N/R

The leadership of political parties in the Northern Region has signed a peace accord pledging to respect and abide by the laws governing the conduct of free, fair, transparent and peaceful elections on Wednesday.

Alhaji Umar Farouk, the Vice Chairman, Mr Sule Salifu, Northern Regional Secretary, Mallam Yahaya Tahiru, Northern Regional Chairman and Mr Osman Abdul-Matin, Northern Regional Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), New Patriotic Party (NPP), People’s National Convention (PNC) and Convention People’s Party (CPP) respectively, signed the peace accord at a forum at Sagnarigu, near Tamale.

The forum, chaired by the Paramount Chief of Sagnarigu (Sagnari-Naa) Alhaji Yakubu Abdulai, was organised by NORSAAC, a non-governmental organisation, with funding from IBIS in Ghana, a civil society organisation, as part of efforts to ensure peaceful elections in the region.

Under the Tamale Peace Accord, the political parties pledged that: “We are against all forms of violence during and after the December 07, elections and we entreat all our members to refrain from violence”.

They also pledged to cooperate with the election management body and personnel of the security services to perform their duties in a free, fair, just and transparent manner without fear or favour of any person, candidate or political party.

They again pledged to support the security agencies to deal with any person who engaged in violence or obstructed the election processes or prevented the election management body from working in accordance with the law.

Alhaji Farouk assured that the NDC would continue to preach peace amongst its supporters, especially the youth in the Region to ensure peaceful polls.

Mr Salifu assured that the NPP would not do anything that would mar the peace being enjoyed in the Region, saying the Party was committed to deepening the democratic values of the country.

Mr Yahaya Tahiru said the PNC was committed to peace and would continue to advise its supporters to uphold the peace in the region.

Mr Abdul-Matin, said the interest of the country was supreme, adding that, the CPP would continue to work towards peaceful polls, on Wednesday.

The Reverend Father Thaddeus Kuusah, the Northern Regional Executive Secretary of the Northern Regional Peace Council, said the Region was making progress in terms of political tolerance, adding that was an indication that Wednesday’s polls would be conducted in an atmosphere of peace and tolerance in the Region. GNA

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