Akeredolu, Jegede, Agboola, Others Sign Peace Accord Ahead of Oct 10 Ondo Guber Poll.
Ahead of October 10 governorship election in Ondo State, All Progressives Congress (APC) guber candidate, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu; his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) counterpart, Eyitayo Jegede; Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) candidate and Deputy Governor of the state, Agboola Ajayi; and other governorship candidates on Tuesday signed a peace pact to make the election violence-free and peaceful.
The peace accord was organised by the National Peace Committee (NPC) in collaboration with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and all the parties involved signed relevant documents in Akure, Ondo State.
Speaking after signing the peace accord, Akeredolu pledged 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.
He added that he had contested two elections 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.
Also speaking, 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.”
Ajayi, on his part, the governorship candidate of Zenith Party, promised to abide by the pact he signed and ensure peaceful election on Saturday.
However, there was a mild drama at the event as Akeredolu refused to shake hands with the deputy governor.
The programme’s compere had asked the three major candidates to embrace, shake hands or bump elbows with one another as a sign that they had embraced peace.
Akeredolu greeted Jegede by bumping elbows with him as requested, but when it was the turn of Ajayi, the governor refused to shake hands with or embrace him. Rather, he just waved at his deputy governor.
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