By Adeola Oladele, Ibadan
Governorship candidates of different political parties in Oyo State have signed a peace accord with the state police command ahead of the governorship poll in the state in order to ensure a violence-free election.
Addressing the parties’ representatives at the Force Headquarters in Eleyele, Ibadan on Tuesday, the state’s Commissioner of Police, Mr. Muhammad Kastina, who was represented by the Deputy Commissioner of Police, DCP Sanusi Buba, urged the parties to ensure that the current peace and harmony in the state was sustained.
“We must sustain the peace in the state. To achieve this objective, we need your cooperation and understanding. We must play our role to achieve a peaceful atmosphere,” he said.
He charged the politicians to admonish their supporters to shun violence, saying “any breach of peace by your supporters either by omission or commission will be dealt with.”
While calling on law-abiding citizens of the state to go out and cast their votes on Election Day, he assured them of security of their lives and property, stressing that, “all arrangement has been put in place to deal decisively with all trouble-makers.”
Speaking at the meeting, the state’s Publicity Secretary of Accord, Dr. Nureni Adeniran, who stood in for Senator Rashidi Ladoja, the party’s gubernatorial candidate, raised concern over the level of security provided by the police during the last election.
Adeniran noted that lots of lapses were recorded in the last elections, pointing out that materials were not made available on time in certain areas.
He therefore challenged INEC to call a stakeholders’ meeting ahead of Saturday’s polls as police had done.