- For Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, the forthcoming Ondo guber will be the last election
- Akeredolu promised the Ondo people that he will not be contesting elections again
- The governor vowed that he will do his utmost to make the election very peaceful
The governor of Ondo, Rotimi Akeredolu, on Tuesday, October 6, vowed that he will not be contesting gubernatorial elections again.
Governor Akeredolu made this promise during the signing of the peace accord alongside candidates of political parties who are battling for the governorship seat, PM news reports.
The occasion which took place in Abuja was convened by the National Peace Committee (NPC) chaired by a former Nigerian leader, Abdulsalami Abubakar.
Akeredolu also pointed out the people of the state are peace-loving and that the pockets of violence recorded so far do not prove otherwise.
The Ondo governor stated:
“This won’t be our first election, at least for me. This will be the third time around that I will be contesting in the state. And this will be the third and last time that I will be contesting an election in Ondo state.
“We went through elections in the last two occasions, all of us operating has brothers. I cannot recollect any violence in those two elections. But if we have one or two issues here and there, it is not to say that Ondo people are violent. Ondo state people, maybe learning from experience, have refused to be involved in violence. Elections here have always been peaceful.
“I can assure you that the election slated for Saturday will be peaceful for as long as our security agencies are there. Our people are not the one that can confront civil defence talkless of the police or soldiers. Ondo State people are peace-loving people."
Earlier, governorship aspirants participating in the Ondo election on Tuesday, October 6, reportedly signed a pact to ensure the poll is violence-free. The politicians also agreed to accept the outcome of the election.
Those who signed the pact include the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Governor Akeredolu, and the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Eyitayo Jegede.
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