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Political parties and their governorship candidates on Wednesday signed an agreement to maintain peaceful conduct in the July 16 guber election in Osun State.
Mr Yusuf Lasun of Labour Party, Mr Oyegoke Omigbodun of the Social Democratic Party and Rasaq Adejumo of Peoples Redemption Party were governorship candidates who were absent at the peace accord meeting.
A source within the Labour Party who pleaded anonimity because he was not permitted to speak to the press told PremiumTimes that Mr Lasun was absent at the peace agreement meeting because he was hosting the party’s presidential candidate, Peter Obi at a rally in Osogbo.
The other two governorship candidates could not give reasons for their absent as at the time of filing this report.
Yet to be identified gunmen invaded the residence of the Labour Party governorship candidate in Ilobu area of the state at about 1 a.m on Monday.
Mr Lasun said the attack lasted for 20 minutes and that his security details were able to repel the assailants without recording any casualties.
“At about 1 a.m., my house was attacked; the evidence is very prominent, my building is riddled with bullets.” Mr Lasun said.
Osun State Government had ordered the police to carry out a proper investigation into the shooting.
The governorship candidates and chairmen of their parties signed the peace agreement organised by National Peace Committee before Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Matthew Kukah who is also the convener or the peace committee.
Bishop Kukah maintained that the peace agreement would ensure all political candidates to embrace peace among themselves.
He urged leadership of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to be transparent in the discharge of their duties during and after the election.
“Signing of the accord, the national peace accord will focus on the symbolic gesture but I think that our focus is ensuring free, fair, non-violence elections.
“I think the second phase we need to start interrogating is beyond just having a peaceful election but Nigeria desperately is in need of peaceful environment.
“The amount of violence that have engulfed our nation, in a country that is not at war, this, for me is a fundamental threat to our democrat and those who run the system must demonstrate commitment and capacity to arrest this threat.
“INEC is here , INEC remains the empire, INEC is the midwives and the midwives do not take the baby home”. Kukah said.
The Deputy Inspector-General of Police in charge of the July 16 election of Osun State, Johnson Kokumon reiterated commitment to ensure adequate security during and after the election.
“The Nigeria Police are in synergy with other security agencies and we are fully prepared to ensure we create a peaceful election in Osun State” Mr Kokumon said.
Mr Kokumon advised political parties and candidates to avoid inciteful words that are capable of causing violence among their supporters.
“Recently, we did it in Osun State, I want to assure you that we are not just replicating what we did in Ekiti, we are going to improve on what we did in Ekiti so that posterity will judge us. I want to assure all the contestants of adequate security during the poll and ensure to tackle any threat to the election process.
“Let us eschew inciteful statements during the election and our youths must be cautioned against violence. Parent must warn their children against violence. We are well prepared and ready to protect residents of the state before during and after election”. Mr Kokumon added.
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