WITH barely four days to the Ondo State governorship election , candidates contesting in the poll on Tuesday signed a peace accord to ensure a violence – free election .
Incumbent governor and candidate of the All Progressives Congress , Rotimi Akeredolu , his Peoples Democratic Party and the Zenith Labour Party counterparts and 14 other candidates signed the accord at an event organised by the National Peace Committee in collaboration with the Independent National Electoral Commission .
A mild drama , however, played out at the end of the event as Akeredolu declined a request by the Master of Ceremonies for him to either shake hands, touch elbows , or embrace his ZLP opponent; the state deputy governor , Agboola Ajayi .
Our correspondent observed that the governor and his deputy earlier exchanged pleasantries with the PDP candidate, Eyitayo Jegede, by touching his elbow as requested by the MC but when it was their turn to greet each other , Akeredolu declined and simply waved at Ajayi .
He said , “ The governorship election in Ondo State is only a few days away and we want peace during and after the election . We want to see Nigeria as a place , where people come out peacefully and vote during the election without deprivation, and Ondo State deserves this . ”