Candidates for the Ondo State governorship election billed for Saturday 10 October 2020 on Tuesday have signed a peace agreement.
The peace accord signing ceremony was held in Akure, Ondo State capital.
The candidates who signed the peace accord were Rotimi Akeredolu of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Eyitayo Jegede of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Agboola Ajayi who is contesting under the banner of Zenith Labour Party (ZLP).
The peace accord signing was facilitated by the National Peace Committee.
In his address, the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmood Yakubu, noted that “without peace, our deployment plans, new innovations in result management, safety of personnel, security of materials and above all, credibility of elections will be undermined.”
The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, who was represented by DIG Adeleye Oyabade, explained that peace must be maintained before, during and after the Ondo election.
The Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, disclosed that the signing of Peace Accord by the governorship candidates is “a way of reaffirming that they must conduct themselves in a professional & peaceful manner ahead of the Governorship election.”
Others who were present at the signing are Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Hassan Kukah; former Bishop of Abuja Diocese, John Onaiyekan, and various traditional rulers, among others.
The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) had earlier predicted that the governorship election will be marred with violence majorly in riverine areas of the state.
The Civil Society Organization in a statement sent to our correspondent S’Teller by its Director, Idayat Hassan, on Tuesday also said a pre-election assessment by CDD Election Analysis Centre (EAC) shows the partisanship of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) and the Motorcyclists Association could also pose challenges and logistics problems.
The Ondo State Diaspora Organisation Europe in a letter sighted by TellAfrica have also written to the Legal Practitioners Privileges Committee asking them to caution the three notable candidates who are legal practitioners. The development according to the letter signed by the Chairman of the Ondo State Indigenes residents in Europe, Gbemisola Bisi-Taiwo, Esq. is owning to multiple incidents of killing and misconduct by some candidates and their supporters ahead of the upcoming election.