Ahead of the July 16 Osun State Governorship election, political parties and candidates on Wednesday, July 13, signed a Peace accord.
Head of Secretariat, National Peace Committee, Rev. Father Atta Barkindo said the signing of the Peace Accord in Osogbo, Osun State capital is to ensure that the political actors in the election preach and embrace peace, before, during and after Saturday’s polls in the state.
He said the previous peace accord entered into by candidates in 2015 when the committee was inaugurated has in many ways helped in reducing threats of violence and attacks and it is hoped that the Osun election will not be different.
Furthermore, Convener of the National Peace Committee Bishop Mathew Hassan Kukah reiterated the importance of conducting a peaceful election, saying while INEC can provide a level playing ground, the conduct of the political actors matter.
"While we sign the peace accord, there is need to expand the frontiers of participation in the electoral process", Kukah said.
In conclusion, the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Mahmood Yakubu emphasised: "It is not enough to sign the Peace Accord but all candidates must abide by the letters and spirit of the peace accord."