- Obaseki and Ize-Iyamu have signed peace pact ahead of Edo governorship election
- They also committed themselves to a violent-free exercise
- Meanwhile, INEC has promised to be neutral in the discharge of their duties
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As Edo people head to the polls to elect a governor that will serve them for the next four years, Governor Godwin Obaseki of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and his All Progressives Congress (APC) rival, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, have committed themselves to a violence-free exercise.
They made the pledge during the signing of a truce deal brokered by Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd), chairman of National Peace Committee, and the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Mathew Kukah, in Benin City.
Also, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) assured Edo people that the electoral umpire will be neutral and allow the people to select their governor.
Chairman of the commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, disclosed this at the peace signing event.
On his part, Kukah said the pact should not be seen as a mere ceremony, adding that the project was of great national and international significance.
“For me as a priest, I liken this to an exchange of vows. You are committing yourselves, and we are only witnesses. As you read from the words of the accord, it is a trust you are taking upon yourselves and a commitment you are making to the people of Nigeria and all those around the world,” he said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that Delta state governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa urged the people of Edo state to re-elect Governor Obaseki on Saturday, September 19, saying it is in their best interest to do so.
Okowa, who is chairman of South-South Governors Forum, made the call at Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) mega rally to bring to an end the campaign of Governor Obaseki at Samuel Ogbemudia stadium, Benin city, on Tuesday, September 15.
Okowa said that he and other governors of PDP were in support of Obaseki’s re-election because of his sterling performance in the past four years.
Legit.ng had also reported a media aide to Governor Obaseki, Crusoe Osagie, declared that the former Lagos state governor, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, cannot extend his political empire to Edo, adding that the people of the state are determined to end godfatherism in their domain.
Osagie was reacting to a viral video of Tinubu asking the people of Edo state not to vote for Obaseki.
In a statement issued in Benin city, the Edo state capital, Osagie said: “Tinubu, in his quest to extend his political dominance and empire to Edo state, decided to take over the role of Edo people to choose through the ballot who to govern them for the next four years.”
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