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No fewer than five governorship candidates of various political parties in Imo State on Sunday evening signed a peace accord before the Justice, Development, Peace and Caritas Commission, the Catholic Archdiocese of Owerri, the National Voter’s Drive Coalition, and the Imo Advocacy Group with Governor Uzodinma surprisingly absent.
The Governorship hopefuls pledged to ensure a credible election devoid of violence in the state during the 1th of November, 2023, Imo governorship election.
The Eastern Updates reports that candidates from five political parties, including Labour Party’s Senator Athan Achonu, Peoples Democratic Party’s Senator Samuel Anyanwu, Chief Okere John Jude of the Accord Party, Maj Gen Lincoln Ogunewe (retd) of Action Alliance and Sir Anthony Ejiogu of the All Progressives Grand Alliance.
All Progressives Alliance’s Hope Uzodinma, the incumbent governor, was absent at the signing ceremony.
The signing of the peace accord, which took place at the Assumpta Cathedral in Owerri, Imo State capital, is designed to provide a platform where all the gubernatorial candidates will share their manifestos, hopes, and aspirations with millions of Imolites who are desirous of hearing from the candidates.
In another report, the Government of Imo State has rejected the prediction of self-styled White Witches and Wizards of Nigeria that Gov Hope Uzodinma will lose the November 11 governorship election.
The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Declan Emelumba, described the prediction as totally out of tune with the reality on the ground.
He said contrary to ‘the contrived prediction which lacks any empirical evidence,’ Uzodinma was coasting to a landslide victory in the election.
The Commissioner regretted that the so-called “ prediction defied logic and statistics with no basis whatsoever for the hasty conclusion drawn”
Emelumba noted that the language and submissions of the group had the imprint of the opposition, hence, the need for Nigerians to ignore it. He added that the development has confirmed the widespread belief in many quarters that some members of the opposition belong to the coven of witches and wizards.