Ondo 2020: Candidates Sign Peace Pact Ahead Of Polls

Ondo 2020: Candidates Sign Peace Pact Ahead Of Polls

Less than four days to the 10th of October governorship elections in Ondo State, the 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.

They signed the pact on Tuesday in the state capital, Akure, promising to eschew violence during the election and avoid actions that may undermine the peace accord.

The signing of the peace pact was facilitated by the National Peace Committee (NPC), and had the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmoud Yakubu; and the Inspector-General Of Police, Mohammed Adamu, who was represented by the DIG Of Police, Research and Planning, Oyebade Adeleye, in attendance.

Others in attendance included the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Bishop Matthew Kukah, Executive Director, YIAGA Africa, Samson Itodo as well as traditional rulers in the state.

Ahead of the keenly contested polls, there have been claims and counterclaims about attacks from the candidates of the APC and the PDP.

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The PDP had alleged that thugs – suspected to be loyal to the state governor – attacked the convoy of its candidate, Jegede severally.

The APC, on the other hand, has accused the PDP of attacking its party properties in Owo the hometown of incumbent Governor Rotimi Akeredolu.

However, both parties denied responsibility of the attacks, as they signed the pact agreeing to a violence-free exercise.

Also looking to secure a second term, Akeredolu on Tuesday, however, gave an assurance that the election will be peaceful, even as he urged INEC to ensure that the exercise is free, fair and credible.


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