Ahead of Saturday’s governorship election in Ondo State, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, Eyitayo Jegede, Agboola Ajayi and other governorship candidates on Tuesday signed a peace pact to make the election violence-free and peaceful.
The signing witnessed by National Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Prof. Yakubu Mahmood; Sultan of Sokoto Abukabar Saa’d; Bishop of Sokoto Diocese Hassan Kukah; former Bishop of Abuja Diocese John Onaiyekan and traditional rulers, among others was to ensure violence-free election and for the candidates to accept the outcome of the exercise.
Speaking after signing the peace accord, Akeredolu, candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, made a pledge to abide by the pact and ensure that his supporters were peaceful throughout the governorship poll.
“I make a pledge that I will abide by the peace accord I signed,” he said, adding that he had contested two elections before now and that they had been peaceful.
“This is my third, there may be challenges, I assure you that this election on Saturday will be peaceful as long as security operatives are there. Ondo people are peace-loving. I will still address the people on the need to keep away from violence,” he said.
On his part, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP governorship candidate, Jegede said “We are convinced on the need for peace, not only in Ondo but in the entire nation.
“I am committed to a peaceful election. Before the election and during the election and after the election, we should follow a peaceful process.
“Fairness should be the principle applied by all. I Implore security agencies, such as the police to comply with the rule. They should arrest those causing violence,” he said.
Also, Ajayi, governorship candidate of Zenith Party, promised to abide by the pact he signed and ensure peaceful election on Saturday.
The peace accord was signed in Akure, Ondo State. It was organised by the National Peace Committee, NPC.