Governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Oyo State, Engr. Seyi Makinde, has called for a peace pact by all governorship candidates in the state, stating that it would promote a peaceful and conducive environment that can guarantee free, fair and free from fear as well as credible elections.
National and state Assembly candidates across major political parties in the state had last week signed for peace in the presence of the State Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Katsina,
At the peace pact were candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Labour Party (LP), Accord, KOWA Party among others at Iwo Road Area Command office of the police Command.
Makinde, after commending Katsina for coming up with the peace pact initiative, also reiterated his call to the police to conduct an unbiased probe by the police into the last week violence at Odinjo area of Ibadan in Ibadan South-East Local Government area of the state, given the trading of accusations by two of the dominant parties in the state, Accord and the APC.
His words: “As noted earlier, the police findings should be made public and whoever is found to be behind the dastardly act should be made to face the law. With 16 years of uninterrupted democracy, we should be seen to have moved away from certain tendencies.
“There’s no way our democracy can grow with violence because a lot of people out there with passion for service and robust ideas to fast-track the growth and development of the state will continually be scared. We can’t afford to leave our politics in the hands of the few with no developmental agenda for our people”.