Three days to the governorship election in Ondo State, the candidates of political parties participating in the election have signed a peace accord as part of the efforts to ensure the exercise is violence-free.
The candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Eyitayo Jegede, and the Zenith Labour Party’s candidate and deputy governor of the state, Mr Agboola Ajayi, together with the candidates of other parties signed the accord.
However, there was a mild drama at the conclusion of the event as Akeredolu refused to shake hands with the deputy governor.
The Master of Ceremony had asked the three major candidates to embrace, shake hands or bump elbows with one another as a sign that they had embraced peace.
Akeredolu greeted PDP’s candidate, Jegede, by bumping elbow with him as requested by MC but when it was the turn of his deputy, the governor refused to shake hands with or embrace him.
Instead, Akeredolu just waved at Ajayi.
The event was organised by the National Peace Committee in collaboration with the Independent National Electoral Commission and held at the International Events Centre, Akure, the state capital, on Tuesday.