Ahead of the 2019 general election, all participating political parties in Lagos State has signed peace accord with the Lagos State Police Command and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to ensure peaceful atmosphere before, during and after the election in the state in 2019.
The Governorship candidates that were present at the signing of peace Accord include the All Progressives Congress Governorship candidate, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Deputy Governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, Mrs. Haleemat Busari Governorship candidate of Action Democratic party, Mr. Babatunde Gbadamosi, Governorship candidate of Young Democratic Party, Mr. Francis Ajayi and Senatorial candidates, House of Representatives candidates and State Assembly candidates of various political parties.
Others are Lagos State Chairman of Inter party Advisory Council in the State, Malam Shakirudeen Olofin, State Chairmen of Alliance for Democracy, Mr. Kola Ajayi, State Chairman of Independent Democrat, Mr. Ogunmuyiwa Sunday and State Chairman of YDP, Mr. Akintola Alao.
The Peace Accord was signed at a Security and Stakeholders’ Meeting with INEC and Political Parties organized by the Police Command at the Officers Mess in Ikeja Lagos,
The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Command, Mr. Edgal Imohim, said the meeting was convened on the heels of the destruction of billboard and posters of a governorship candidate in the state.
He said the issues towards ensuring a crisis-free electioneering process and other security matters would be taken care of.
Mr. Imohimi said that Lagos is a politically-mature state because they have been accommodating one another, calling on political parties to caution their supporters against violence as the police would not hesitate to arrest anyone found instigating violence.
The Lagos State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr Sam Olumegbon said political parties should focus on issue-based campaign during electioneering, saying that the commission would not tolerate hate speech or unguarded utterance in order to ensure peaceful election.
He appealed to politicians not to see the elections as a do or die affair, advising their supporters to refrain from acts capable of causing the breakdown of law and order.
He explained that it is in an atmosphere of peace that the election could take place, warning that political parties should desist from crisis.
In a remark, the General Manager of Lagos State Signage and Advertisement Agency, LASAA, Mr. Mobolaji Sanusi defended the removal of the billboards and posters of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governorship candidate, Jimi Agbaje.
He explained that the PDP candidate did not seek the permission of the agency unlike his counterpart in the All Progressives Congress, APC, before mounting the billboards and pasting the poster especially on the Lagos Island.
According to him, there are rules and regulations guiding the pasting of bills and posters in Lagos State which must be strictly adhered to.
He explained that the agency clean up the state on weekly basis to remove any poster or billboards mounted illegally across the State.