NYSC Director-General, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim was among dignitaries that witnessed the signing of the Peace Accord by political parties and their candidates ahead of the October 10 Governorship election in Ondo State.
Also in attendance at the event organised by the National Peace Committee in Akure today were the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, representative of the Inspector-General of Police, other top security officers, traditional rulers and clerics.
In his address, the Chairman of the National Peace Committee and a former Head of State, Gen Abdulsalami Abukakar, who joined the event virtually, said the committee had been contributing to the improvement of the country’s electoral process since its inception.
He called on all parties in the election to ensure peaceful conduct, adding that nothing meaningful could be achieved without peace.
Also speaking, the Sultan of Sokoto Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III urged the political gladiators not to see the signing of the peace accord as a mere formality but as a commitment of responsibility for the outcome of the election.
“Power belongs to the Almighty God and He gives it to whom He wishes and at the time He wants,” he said.
He appealed to the contestants and their supporters to abide by the provisions of the electoral laws before, during and after the election.
The Sultan also advised youths in the State not to allow themselves to be used as political thugs by the politicians.
Earlier in his remarks, the Convener of the National Peace Committee, Most Rev Dr Matthew Kassan Kukah appealed to the contestants to abide by the electoral laws and support the Independent National Electoral Commission to conduct a free, fair and credible poll as was the case recently in Edo State.
INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu commended the National Peace Committee for its role in ensuring the credibility and peaceful conduct of elections in the country.
He said the intervention of the National Peace Committee had contributed in no small measure to the peaceful conduct of the Edo State Governorship Election.
“INEC will continue to support the Committee for the conduct of peaceful elections in the country.
“Political parties and their candidates should affirm, respect, support, promote and commit to peaceful elections,” Mahmood said.
He added that without peace, the safety of personnel and materials as well as electoral credibility would be a mirage.
Other speakers at the ceremony include; the Chairman Ondo State Council of Obas, Oba Dr FEO Akinruntan, the Olugbo of Ugbo Kingdom and Inspector-General of Police, represented by the DIG Research and Planning, Force Headquarters Abuja, Mr Leye Oyebade.
Speaking to newsmen at the venue, the NYSC Director-General, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim restated his assurance on the neutrality of Corps Members during the election.
“My appeal to the people of Ondo State is to protect my Corps Members and nothing should untoward should happen to them,” he said.