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PDP, five other parties shun peace accord

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Six candidates for Saturday’s governorship elections in Ekiti State shunned the peace agreement signing meeting called by the National Peace Commission (NPC).

Bisi Kolawole of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Reuben Famuyibo (Accord Party), Daramola Roland (Labour Party), Moses Olajide (African Action Congress), Peter Adegbenro (Allied Peoples Movement) and Debo Ajayi (Young Progressive Party) were all absent at signing held at the Amazing Grace Event Centre in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital. They were also not represented.

Those present were Biodun Oyebanji (All Progressive Congress); Segun Oni (Social Democratic Party); Wole Oluyede (African Democratic Party), Modupe Olatawura (Action People’s Party) and Oladosu Fatomilola (New Nigerian People’s Party).

Others are Kemi Halle-Elebute of the African Democratic Party (ADP), Kolade Akinyemi (Zenith Labour Party), Olufemi Obidoyin (All Progressives Grand Alliance) and Olaniyi Agboola (People’s Redemption Party).

Chairman of National Peace Commission (NPC) Gen. Abdulsalam Abubakar (rtd) said the initiative was to commit the political parties and their candidates to a peaceful election.

Abubakar, represented by the Convener and Bishop of the Sokoto Diocese of the Catholic Church, Matthew Kukah, appealed to the candidates to see the election as a game with sportsmanship and not a do or die affair.

He advised the stakeholders to demonstrate commitment to the spirit of the accord, saying violence-free election is a fundamental means to sustainable peace and development.

The elder stateman pleaded that peace and national interests should override every other consideration, adding that a fair and credible election cannot hold in an atmosphere of discord. He also urged the voters to go out peacefully to vote for their preferred candidates.

“The main reason for this meeting is for stakeholders to have understanding on the need for a peaceful election; it is an opportunity for candidates to sign an undertaking for a peaceful exercise.

“We again appeal to all political parties and their candidates to ensure that they do not see the signing of this Peace Accord as a mere formality and a photo opportunity. May the friendship exhibited here follow you through the elections”, he added.

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