Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Youths for Peace Initiative (YPI) and SDP to Sign PACT on Peaceful Elections

By Ogar Monday 

A youth-based organization, with interest in peaceful co-existence and providing platforms for the peaceful participation of youths in nation building is on the verge of signing a "Nonviolence Pact" with the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and Mr. Eyo Ekpo, the Cross River State Gubernatorial Candidate of the party.

Speaking at a meeting held between the group and the SDP, Mr. Eyo Ekpo thanked the group for coming out with an idea as noble as this, while encouraging them to do all within their capabilities to get the other candidates in the election to key into the idea, not just by signing on the dotted lines but ensuring compliance to the signed pact.

Ekpo held that the clashes between supporters of the All Progressive Congress (APC) and the People's Democratic Party (PDP) across the state that followed the 'billboard war' makes the signing of the pact and the commitment to it even more important. 

Ekpo stated that he has since the inception of his campaign pushed the need for a peace pact between the candidates and compliance to such pact, so as to provide a kind of assurance against intimidation for those who will like to come out during the campaigns and the elections and to avoid clashes between supporters of the various candidates.

Earlier speaking, the Head of the organization/delegation, Mr. Princewill Obi said the pact has become necessary due to the charged political atmosphere that arose from clashes between supporters of both APC and PDP. Some of which occurred in Etung and Ikom, in addition to the Billboard war. 

Mr. Princewill added that the group admires the consistency with which the SDP and Mr. Eyo Ekpo have spoken of a need for a peace pact between the candidates and it is from that call that the group has started this process.

Parts of the contents of the draft pact include that candidates will be 'transparent and respectful' to all persons irrespective of their own political leaning and attitude towards the electorate; be civil in all actions and behaviors" amongst others.

The YPI, a Youth Peace-based organization registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) has its headquarters in Calabar, with a spread across all the 18 LGAs of Cross River State, with a mandate to facilitate the maintenance of Peace, Law, and Order in the 2019 General Elections and beyond.