The Oluwo of Iwoland, His Imperial Majesty, Oba (Dr.) Abdulrosheed Adewale Akanbi, has admonished supporters of various political parties in Osun State to exercise maturity in their conduct before, during and after the states September 22, governorship election.
A statement by his press secretary, Alli Ibrahim, warned the electorate, most especially, his immediate subjects in Iwo, to respect political value devoid of violence.
It pointed out that the world has advanced beyond launching attack on opponent to express dissatisfaction, even as it condemned political violence in its totality, calling on leaders of various political parties to re-orientate their followers on the culture of peaceful election exercise.
The statement read in part: “I’m appealing to the electorate to respect the rules of election, eschew political violence, display spirit of sportsmanship and maturity for a peaceful exercise.
“Any grievance should be directed to law enforcement agencies. No one is immune to the law. The best route to peaceful poll is respect for the rules and regulations of the game. Election is a platform to elect leaders.
A nation bedevilled with violence, arson and maiming in the process of electing her leaders will never proceed solely because it takes few hours to destroy what they labouredto build for years.”
It added that Iwo is an ancient city known for peace and respect for truth, saying pastexperience is a lesson, adding that arson and violence will be tolerated, even as it stated that to be forewarned is to avoid falling into trap, saying no life nor house is worth beingsacrificed for any politician.
“I implore you to be focused, aim high and pursue your dream to the fullest rather than allow yourselves to be used as political instrument of destruction. Political violence is an affront on democracy. The Federal Government has strengthened the security agencies to decimate, address and instituted a severe penalty for any Nigerian culpable of disrupting public peace before, during and after every poll,” the statement read.
It further said no complaint will be tolerated should anyone be found culpable of violence after the appeal, even as it assured all law abiding subjects of utmost protection.