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Parties, Other Stakeholders Shun Ondo Peace Meeting

February 11, 2015

He explained that the purpose of the meeting was to ensure 2015 elections are devoid of violence in any form and expressed misgivings over the absence of those who should be most concerned.

Political parties and the Ondo State Police Command blamed one another yesterday in Akure over a botched attempt to rally stakeholders for a ‘Peace Accord’ meeting, organized by police authorities ahead of the March 28 and April 11, 2015 General Elections.

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Political parties and other stakeholders, including traditional rulers, trade unions, youth organizations, market women, and heads of various security agencies in Ondo State were expected to meet and voice their commitment to violence-free elections.

However, none of the 20 registered political parties was represented at the meeting. Also, members of the State Council of Obas under the Chairmanship of the Osemawe of Ondo Kingdom, Oba Victor Kiladejo, trade union leaders, and other civil groups did not show up at the Police Officers’ Mess on Alagbaka Road, Akure, the designated venue of the meeting.

Also absent from the meeting were the heads of various security agencies in the State, including the Nigerian Army, Vigilante Groups, Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps, and the State Security Service (SSS).

Mr. Ikemefuna Okoye, an Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of Zone 11, Osogbo who was visiting, told journalists that following the absence of the stakeholders, the meeting would have to reconvene on another date before the March 28 and April 11, 2015 General Elections.

He explained that the purpose of the meeting was to ensure 2015 elections are devoid of violence in any form and expressed misgivings over the absence of those who should be most concerned.

In a speech circulated at the venue, Ondo State Commissioner of Police, Mr, Isaac Eke said the Police was prepared for the elections and would not tolerate acts contrary to the electoral law.

Ondo State Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Omo’ba Abayomi Adesanya told SaharaReporters that the party did not receive invitation to ‘any peace meeting’ from the police.