The 17 candidates who will contest the forthcoming Ondo State governorship election will sign a peace accord next Tuesday.
This was disclosed by Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), while speaking to journalists at the commission’s office in Akure, the Ondo State capital, on Thursday.
According to Yakubu, the peace accord signing will be coordinated by the National Peace Committee.
He said: “We are aware of the violence involving supporters of political parties. We will meet with the traditional rulers over the issue of violence. I am also glad that the National Peace Committee under the leadership of our former Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar (retd.), is going to intervene by organising the signing of the peace accord, similar to what we did in Benin.
“That is why we have a representative of the NPC committee to do the preparatory work. The signing of the peace accord will take place on Tuesday, October 6, 2020, here in Akure.”
The INEC Chairman said the commission has recovered from the recent fire incident which destroyed over 5,000 smart card readers in its office in Akure, adding that sensitive materials for the exercise would arrive on Monday.
He said: “We have accomplished 12 of the 14 activities. This is exactly two weeks and two days to the election. Within the days remaining, there is exactly 16 days to the election. If we exclude the election day on Saturday October 10, we have 15 days. So we have two weeks, and a day to the election. The sensitive materials for the election are ready.
“The Central Bank of Nigeria will deliver them to the (Akure) branch. On Monday, October 5, the sensitive materials for the election will arrive. We lost all our smart card readers to the unfortunate fire incident.
“But let me say that we have fully recovered from that incident. We have enough smart card readers from the neighbouring State of Oyo State. We are configuring and charging the card readers here in Akure.”
The Ondo State governorship election is scheduled for 10 October.
The two major candidates are Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN), who is seeking re-election on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, while Eyitayo Jegede (SAN) is the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).