Candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Rotimi Akeredolu; Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Eyitayo Jegede; the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) Agboola Ajayi, and others, have signed a peace pact for a non-violent Ondo State Governorship election which has been slated for October 10, 2020.
The candidates signed the pact on Tuesday, October 6, pledging to avoid violence and actions that may undermine the peace accord during the elections.
The event was hosted by the National Peace Committee (NPC). It had the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmoud Yakubu; Inspector-General Of Police, Mohammed Adamu.
Abdulsalami Abubakar, the chairman of the committee, who joined the session via Zoom said that the peace accord was to ensure the electorate feel secure while voting.
According to him “those who signed the peace accord have committed themselves to ensure peace in Ondo State and Nigeria at large before, during, and after the election.
“The tension and anxiety associated with election necessitated the setup of the National Peace Committee which is to support peaceful election process and enthrone culture of peace.
“The governorship election in Ondo State is only a few days away and we want peace during and after the election. We want to see Nigeria as a place where people come out peacefully and vote during the election without deprivation and Ondo State deserves this.
“As you are aware, the election will not come without a peaceful atmosphere, and most importantly disharmony among political parties hinders developmental efforts.
“As we go into the election, we have been given assurance by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that they will conduct a free, fair and credible election. The rest is left for the voters to do what is right.
Prof Mahmoud Yakubu, the INEC chairman, pleaded with the parties, their candidates, and supporters to promote and support all a peaceful and transparent election.
The Police Inspector General, IGP, Mohammed Adamu represented by DIG Leye Oyebade assured of the safety of lives and properties.
The Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar urged the three major candidates to respect the peace accord. He said it is a basis for the smooth and peaceful conduct of the election while emphasizing that the election isn’t worth the life of any individual.
The major candidates, Akeredolu, Ajayi, and Jegede promised to abide by the rules guiding the election and also that they will accept the outcome of the poll.