By Gbenga Olarinoye
OSOGBO—Ahead of the general elections in the country, candidates contesting state and National Assembly posts in Osun State, yesterday, signed a peace accord pledging to abide by rules and regulations laid down by the legal framework for elections in Nigeria.
They did this as the Assistant Controller of Prison, ACP Adelakun Kayode, warned political parties and their supporters to maintain peace, saying prison yards are wide open for any one that causes political trouble before, during and after the elections.
“Tell your supporters to be mindful of their utterances and if they fail to heed advice, prison yards are wide open and are expecting people,” he warned.
Representatives of political parties and some candidates at the state police command pledged to avoid any conduct or behaviour that may endanger the political stability and security of the state.
They also pledged to refrain from campaign of calumny, hate, religious sentiments, ethnic or tribal profiling.
Speaking at the accord meeting, the Assistant Inspector General of Police, Ikemefuna Okoye, assured that the police will ensure protection of lives and property without bias or prejudice.
Okoye however warned that any candidate or supporters caught fomenting trouble would be arrested and prosecuted accordingly.
State Chairman of All Progressives Congress, Prince Gboyega Famodun, promised that his party will not go contrary to the pledge, urging the police to remain apolitical and fair to all parties.
Also, the State Secretary of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Prince Bola Ajao, said that the party will continue to promote peace despite its loss of the governorship petition at the tribunal.
Director of State Security Service, Andrew Iyokia, State Director of National Orientation Agency NOA, Dr Martins Lawrence, INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dr Adekunle Ogunmola, and other security agency leaders, urged political parties to keep to their promise and take the nation’s interest above personal and partisan concerns.