Peaceful Ondo Council Polls; Stakeholders sign pact

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By; Odeyemi Samuel, Akure.
Few hours to the Local Government election in Ondo state, all stakeholders had entered into agreement to ensure hitch free exercise.
The agreement which was reached at a stakeholders meeting organised by the State Commissioner of Police CP. Hilda Harrison, involved all political parties participating in the election and all security operatives in the state.
In her welcome address, CP. Harrison charged all participants to be tolerant of one another and should not make the election a do or die affair.
Rather than taking laws into their hand, she charged all actors in the election to report any ugly situation they might observe to security personnel who had been trained for the purpose of the election.
The CP how however disclosed that over 60,000 trained security personnel will be dispatched to the polling units across the 18 local governments in the state to ensure the safety of lives and property.
In his own contribution, the Chairman of Ondo State Independent Electoral Commission (ODIEC), Prof. Olugbemga Ige told the people that non sensitive materials had already been dispatched to the 18 Local Governments while the sensitive ones will arrive the state in the next 72 hours.
He assured that his Commission will be transparent enough to ensure that the people’s choice prevail by allowing the electorates to vote for the candidate of their choice.
Representatives of PDP, Conference of Political parties in the state, Students body, the Hausa Community and Market Women were not left out as they all spoke with one voice to uphold a peaceful atmosphere during and after the election.
Also, the Chairperson, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in the state, Mrs. Bosede Daramola enjoined the people to sustain the peaceful atmosphere in the state,
She however assured the full participation of workers in the election, adding that decision reached should be binding on all those that fail to turn up for the meeting.
While the All Progressive Congress (APC) was conspiuosly absent, representative of Social Democratic Party, (SDP), Mr. Remi Olayiwola announced the non participation of his party in the election.
He adduced the reason for his coming to the purpose of honouring the invitation which the CP sent to them, saying either the Police or ODIEC should stop dragging his party to the April 23, 2016 Local Government election.

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