Nigeria election: Olubadan calls for peaceful conduct from voters
By RAZAQ BAMIDELE
London, Feb. 15, 2019 (AltAfrica)-As the Presidential election comes up nationwide in Nigeria on Saturday 16 February, 2019, the Olubadan of Ibadan land in the southwest axis, of Nigeria Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji, Aje Ogungunniso has called on the people to come out en-masse and vote for candidates of their choice without fear.
This is contained in a statement signed by his spokesman, Mr. Adeola Oloko.
The first class monarch noted in the statement that “what makes democracy beautiful is the right of the people to choose the leaders of their choice in a free, fair and peaceful atmosphere.”
The Olubadan who frowned at the use of thugs and violence in the build-up to the election, appealed to supporters of the candidates not to allow blood-letting any further.
Oba Adetunji, according to the statement, stated further that voters should take advantage of the conducive atmosphere provided for the peaceful conduct of the elections by the electoral umpire and the law enforcement agents to discharge their civic duties peacefully.
The monarch also urged Nigerians to give peace a chance before, during and after the election, reminding that, “the whole world is watching us.”
Meanwhile, a group of foreign observers from South Africa, Pan Africa Woman’s Project which arrived in Kano to monitor the general elections, has commended the level of preparations by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, for the presidential election in the state.
Leader of the team Belinda Madona who led its members, made the commendation on Friday in Kano while addressing newsmen on the Saturday’s election.
According to her, the group has been monitoring elections in various countries, including the 2015 elections in Nigeria and the recent elections in Osun and Ekiti states.
She advised Nigerians to conduct themselves in a matured way before, during and after by shunning any form of political thuggery aimed at ensuring a peaceful conduct of the elections.
According to her, having a violence free election and avoiding all forms of vote buying and election malpractices are some of their major expectations at the end of the elections.
Mrs Madona also commended the efforts of all security agencies in Kano for mapping out a befitting security strategy targeted at ensuring free, fair and violence free election.
The leader of the team added that with preparations put in place by all the stakeholders, the group had the hope that the elections would be violence-free.
Mrs Madona called on the security agencies in the state to be objective and honourable while discharging their duties during the conduct of the elections so that it could be free from intimidation.