By Chidinma Chukwu, Abuja.
As the Ondo governorship election draws near, Inter party advisory council IPAC has called politicians, their candidates and supporters to desist from actions that could jeopardize the peace of the state during the election.
In a statement signed by the National chairman of IPAC Leonard Nzenwa on Monday in Abuja, all the participating parties were advised to avoid all forms of thuggery, brigandage and garrison politics.
IPAC condemned the recent political violence in the state adding that the era of do or die politics is over.
The council noted that it will be outrageous to record violence in the forthcoming Ondo election considering the progress made in the Edo State gubernatorial election in September generally adjudged to be free, fair, credible and peaceful.
The body however demanded a credible, transparent, acceptable and non-violent governorship election in Ondo State this weekend as obtainable in Edo State.
“IPAC urges political parties and their candidates to imbibe issue-based campaigns to enable eligible voters to choose the best candidate that will effectively govern the State and provide essential dividends of democracy that will improve their standards of living.
“The good people of Ondo State demand and deserve a peaceful environment to carry out their civic responsibilities of choosing the next governor of the State”.
The body further called on security agents to be decisive and proactive in safeguarding lives and property in the State, and promptly arrest perpetrators of violence and their sponsors to face the full wrath of the law.
The statement said IPAC members will be in Ondo State this week to further sensitize the people on the forthcoming election and mobilize them to come out en masse to vote for their preferred candidates and ensure their votes count in the overall result.
IPAC urge INEC to be neutral and provide a level playing field to all political parties and their candidates and ensure that all electoral materials needed for the poll is ready and in good condition.