ABEOKUTA – To ensure credible election in 2019 general election, not less than 18 political parties in Ogun State on Thursday signed a peace accord.
They signed the peace accord at the state police headquarters, Eleweran in Abeokuta with the state Police Commissioner, Ahmed Iliyasu urging policians to avoid any activities that would trigger unrest within the society.
The parties include the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), the main oppositions Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Social Democratic Party (SDP) and African Democratic Congress (ADC).
The police boss maintained that, clashes, unhealthy rivalry, hate speeches, public disturbances and other vices resulting from political crisis are not good for the country’s democracy.
He urged political parties to remain committed to the peace, unity and security of the country, insisting that election could only be successful in a peaceful atmosphere.
Illiyasu appealed to the stakeholders to always allow the interest of the country to supercede every other interest.
His words: “Politicians should eschew violence, disturbance of public peace, hate speeches and other insultive offences as we move close to general elections.
” All political parties must be committed to the peace, unity and security of the country. Clashes, unhealthy rivalry and other social vices are not good our democracy”.
The police boss warned that destroying of campaign posters by politicians would not be tolerated.
The police boss also urged parents and guardians to guide their children as against being used as political thugs, saying the police would not tolerate any act of thuggery during the elections.
Meanwhile, the Secretary of National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) during his remark, Alhaji Nojeem Kehinde vowed that the union would resist attempt by politicians to use its members as thugs during the election.
His words: ” We are not thugs, some of us are educated people. We will not allow politicians to use us as thugs in this coming elections “.
Some of the stakeholders who spoke assured that they would honour the peace accord for the benefit of all and sundry.