Ondo 2020: INEC Appeals For Peaceful Elections

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Ahead of the forthcoming Ondo State governorship election, the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmoud Yakubu, has appealed to all political parties and candidates to respect, support, promote and commit to peaceful elections as signed in a peace accord brokered by the National Peace Committee (NPC).

The INEC boss made the appeal during a stakeholders meeting held in Akure on Tuesday, noting that though the election was generating its own tensions, “the charged atmosphere demands that political parties and candidates should affirm, respect, support, promote and commit to peaceful elections, which I understand, are the five cardinal pillars on which the Peace Accord rests.”

Yakubu held that without peace, the deployment plans, new innovations in result management, and the safety of personnel, security of materials and, above all, the credibility of elections would be undermined.

“Even worse, public health will be jeopardised as observance of safety protocols in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic will be impossible to achieve in an atmosphere of disruption, violence and disorder. It is therefore important for everyone to maintain the peace,” he added.

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The INEC chairman disclosed that respected statesmen, including traditional rulers as well as religious and business leaders were working in a voluntary and non-partisan way to promote peaceful elections for the consolidation of the nation’s democracy in particular and for peace in Nigeria in general.

Yakubu also assured the National Peace Committee of INEC’s commitment to transparent and credible elections, saying; “The votes will count. I call on all political parties and candidates to abide by the letter and spirit of the Peace Accord by appealing to your supporters to maintain the peace before, during and after the elections. This will be your own way of showing commitment to the Peace Accord and appreciation for the work of the Peace Committee.”

It is worthwhile to note that the stakeholders meeting had in attendance the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar, His Eminence, John Cardinal Onaiyekan, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Matthew Hassan Kukah among others.

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