- Governor Akeredolu on Tuesday, October 6, refused to shake hands with Ajayi during a peace accord
- The governorship election is holding in the state on Saturday, October 6
- The candidates vowed to jettison utterances and conduct that would encourage violence before, during, and after the elections
There was a mild drama in Ondo state on Tuesday, October 6, between Governor Olurotimi Akeredolu and his deputy, Agboola Ajayi, during the signing of a peace accord to ensure a violence-free election
PM News reports that at the end of the event, Akeredolu declined a request by the master of ceremonies for him to either shake hands, touch elbows, or embrace his ZLP opponent, Ajayi.
Legit.ng gathered that the governor declined and simply waved at Ajayi but they both exchanged pleasantries with the PDP candidate, Eyitayo Jegede, by touching his elbow as requested by the MC.
It was reported that the three major contestants - Akeredolu, Eyitayo, Jegede and Ajayi promised to abide by the terms of the accord.
The candidates vowed to eschew utterances and conduct that would encourage violence before, during, and after the elections.
All stakeholders were urged by the chairman of the National Peace Commission (NPC) and former head of state, Abdulsalami Abubakar, to commit to the spirit of the accord.
“The governorship election in Ondo state is only a few days away and we want peace during and after the election. We want to see Nigeria as a place, where people come out peacefully and vote during the election without deprivation, and Ondo state deserves this.”
Bishop Mathew Kukah and the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, were other members of the peace committee.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the governorship candidates participating in the forthcoming Ondo election on Tuesday, October 6, signed a pact to ensure the poll is violence-free.
It was reported that the politicians also agreed to accept the outcome of the election.
The candidate of the APC, Governor Akeredolu, and the candidate of the PDP, Jegede, were among those who signed the peace pact.
The candidate of ZLP, Ajayi and thirteen other candidates were also part of the agreement.
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