Political parties participating in the November 26, 2016 governorship election in Ondo State have signed a peace accord with the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) with a promise to abide by the rules of the game.
At the event chaired by Police Commissioner Hilda Ibifuro-Harrison and held in Akure, the leaders of the political parties vowed to work with the police to ensure peace during the conduct of the election.
No fewer than twenty-eight political parties will be participating in the November 26, 2016 Ondo State governorship election.
Mrs. Ibifuro-Harrison said that the peace accord was tailored towards eliminating violence and reducing tension during the governorship election in the State. A SaharaReporters correspondent reported that the peace accord is also intended to ensure a peaceful society in Ondo State before, during and after the November election.
The police commissioner stated that the leaders of the political parties must play by the rules of politicking in the State and also avoid overheating the polity.
She frowned at the rate at which sponsored hoodlums destroyed political campaign posters of candidates in the State, adding that the force would begin a clampdown on political parties initiating violence before during, and after political campaigns.
"In your neighborhood, anybody you find tearing down posters should be reported to the security agencies. There must not be stone-throwing during campaigns or any other attacks, because anyone caught will be dealt with accordingly,” Mrs. Ibifuro-Harrison said.
She called on the attendees to conduct their campaigns in accordance with the provision of the rule of law, reminding them of the need to allow peace to reign.
Duyile Korede, the State Chairman of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), said his members are ready to support the police and maintain peace in Ondo State.
Mr. Korede also advised the police to beam its searchlight at the local community during the election to avoid manipulation and rigging during the exercise.
Fatai Adams, the Deputy Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), told the police that his members would resist any form of federal might during the election.
Mr. Adams promised that the umbrella party would not relent in preaching against violence and hooliganism among its supporters and members.
Gboyega Adefarati, a representative of the All Progressives Congress (APC), noted that the party is ready to play the game according to the rules and dictates.
Mr. Adefarati tasked the police to display a high level of professionalism during the election and to avoid being compromised by unscrupulous politicians.