As the people of Ondo state elect their next governor today, the European Union Monitoring Team has urged political gladiators in the state to embrace peace.
Head, EU Monitoring Observers and Political Counsel, British High Commission, Mr. Ben Jones, made the appeal during an interaction with the Peoples Democratic Party’s governorship candidate, Eyitayo Jegede (SAN), in Akure, on Friday.
In Ondo to monitor
According to Jones, the team is in the state to meet stakeholders involved in the election while monitoring the electoral process.
Jones then emphasised the need for politicians to always stick to the rules governing elections.
In his words, “We are here to consult with stakeholders, preach peace as violence does nobody any good. We are also impressed with your disposition to politics.”
INEC should have moved the election, says Jegede
On his part, Jegede told the EU team that INEC was not fair to him as he believed the electoral body ought to have postponed the election since his name was reinstated only 24 hours to the close of electioneering.
He further lamented that the full list of his agents had yet to be received from his authentic chairman less than 48 hours to the election.
The PDP candidate then said it would be difficult to prepare them for the exercise unlike his co-contestants.
“There is the need to collate the list of my agents, train them and submit their names for proper training and send their names to INEC for proper recognition.
”Also, the voters’ list has not been officially released to the authentic chairman and even if it has been released, do we have time to study it and make appropriate observations? What we want is for INEC to show some discretion in respect of fixing the date for election,” he said.
On the issue of violence in some parts of the state, Jegede said he had instructed his supporters not to engage in any act that could hinder the existing peace in the state.