The APC and PDP Edo State governorship candidates Ize-Iyamu and Obaseki and their parities APC and have signed a peace pact alongside their political parties as the election is fast approaching.
The signing which organised by the National Peace Committee (NPC) took place today in Benin City, the State capital.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate and incumbent Edo governor, Godwin Obaseki promised that he will live by the letters and spirit of the peace pact. He, however, asked the NPC to reach out to some political actors whom he said wield much influence and are interested in the election. The governor further explained that the move is necessary in order not to let the exercise to end in futility. “I want to commit publicly once again that I will live by the letter and spirit of the accord that has just been signed.”
“Before leaving the stage, I want to appeal to the National Peace Committee not to end their work with the signing of this accord. There are other actors in the political space who will have and exercise influence in the political space and also elections to reach out to them to persuade them about the importance of this accord we have just signed”, he said.
He then embraced his main rival and contender in the poll, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the All Progressives Congress (APC), the duo beaming with smiles as an indication that they have decided to toe the line of peace and avoid unnecessary bloodshed in the election. Read also: Edo: Commissioner Resigns From Obaseki’s Cabinet Few Days To Election
In furtherance of the peaceful conduct of the election, Pastor Ize-Iyamu promised that the APC will conduct itself peacefully, adding that the party will talk to its supporters to eschew violence before, during and after the polls. He also commended the Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare for his efforts in ensuring that the exercise holds in a manner free from bloodshed.