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Absent political parties, at the Ogun state police Peace Accord signing which held on Thursday at the Police Mess, Abeokuta Ogun State, have told PLATFORM TIMES their reasons for missing the peace agreement.
People’s Democratic Party (PDP), African Democratic Congress (ADC), Social Democratic Party (SDP), when contacted by PLATFORM TIMES expressed regret for missing the meeting due to unforeseen circumstances and improper communication, while the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) could not be reached at the time of gathering this report.
The Ogun PDP Chairman, Sikirulahi Ogundele who apologized for his absence disclosed that he was in Abuja for the National President’s birthday, assured that the state would experience a peaceful election.
He said, “Quite unfortunate, I was in Abuja for Ayu’s birthday and someone who could have gone to represent the party was indisposed, that was why we were not there. However, there’s no problem, Ogun State will be peaceful. Majority of the politicians are peaceful people so we have nothing to worry about.”
Adding that the PDP is violent-free, Ogundele sounded a warning to the ruling All Progressives Congress to ensure that election is violent-free and fair.
He said, “PDP is known to be the Party to beat so we don’t have strength to fight or cause violence. We would only like to place a warning on the ruling party.”
The Chairman, African Democratic Congress (ADC), Adelanwa Matemilola insisted he didn’t get any message on the Peace Accord, hence his absence.
His words: “I didn’t receive any letter. I was at Ogbere, Waterside, with our deputy governor. So I didn’t receive any letter. Perhaps, if we had gotten the letter, we would have made arrangements for it, but we didn’t receive such a letter.” He claimed.
Speaking with the Social Democratic Party (SDP) Chairman, Otunba Yinka Ola-williams he acknowledged the receipt of the letter but through someone who read to him on phone.
Yinka Ola-williams who apologised for his absence disclosed that he had travelled to Lagos for medical checkup when the information got to him.
“I am so sorry. I travelled out of town to Lagos for medical checkup. I was told that it is a Peace Accord meeting.
“Win or lose, let theirs be peace in the land. In fact, if there are other ways of holding it up, it would be much appreciated because we are already seeing signs of violence.
“People should vote for the candidate of their choice, and not allow themselves to be used. They should avoid things that would heat up the polity and to vote lawfully so that our country will be better.” He submitted
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