The executives of the two main opposing political parties, the NNPP and APC, have signed a peace deal before the State Joint Security Committee ahead of the Appeal Court’s decision in the Kano Governorship election in Abuja.
According to the Nigerian News Agency NAN, the peace deal was signed on Thursday at the State Police Command.
Members of the two political parties agreed, among other things, to refrain from any sort of celebration or protest during and after the verdict.
Ibrahim Zakari- Sarina, APC State Secretary, and Ibrahim Dahu, NNPP Deputy Chairman, South, made the pledge in front of Police Commissioner Usaini Gumel.
The pair stated that they will ensure the state’s tranquility before, during, and after the delivery of justice at the Appeal Court.
They went on to say, “It is true that we have no state better than Kano as such, our sentiments, passion and political parties support based should not be a yardstick to create violence because of the Appeal Court Judgement.”
Zakari Sarina, on the other hand, said, “I will personally mobilize all my party members to remain calm whatever happens at the Appeal Court and this is because we are known for keeping peace in Kano.”
Dahu also stated that the state administration had long urged his members to refrain from violence, adding that “anyone found fomenting violence will be dealt with without delay.”
Gumel, along with the State DSS Director and other security chiefs, stated that they had taken all necessary precautions to keep Kano quiet.
“We have worked extra mile to ensure that we maintain the peace Kano enjoyed and we are doing all we could to arrest any unforeseen circumstances that might truncate peace” according to the joint security chiefs.