The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, has sought the support of all candidates towards a peaceful election in the Saturday’s governorship poll in Ondo State.
The INEC boss while speaking in Akure, the Ondo state capital on Tuesday during the signing of the peace accord by candidates of different political parties said by their continuous and consistent engagement for peace in Nigeria, members of the National Peace Committee (NPC) have, once again, demonstrated that moral suasion is as important as statutory authority in promoting peaceful co-existence and nation-building.
Yakubu said that the charged atmosphere threatening Saturday’s election in the state demands that political parties and candidates should affirm, respect, support, promote and commit to peaceful elections.
Yakubu said, “Unfortunately, the Ondo State governorship election holding this Saturday is 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.
He added, “Without peace, our deployment plans, new innovations in result management, the safety of personnel, security of materials and, above all, the credibility of elections will be undermined.
“Even worse, public health will be jeopardised as the 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 peace. I wish to assure the Peace Committee of INEC’s commitment to transparent and credible elections.
“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.”