By Timothy Agbor, Osogbo
Less than 23 days to the governorship election in Osun State slated for 9th August, 2014, political parties and other stakeholders in the election have been urged to adhere strictly to electoral laws to avoid violence during the poll.
The Special Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on Inter-party Affairs, Senator Ben Obi, stated this in Osogbo on Thursday, 17th July, 2014 at a sensitization workshop organised by his office for political parties and other stakeholders in the state.
This is also as the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jegga, expressed the readiness of the commission to conduct credible election in the state saying that political parties among other stakeholders need to do their part by studying the electoral laws and obeying them to guarantee a credible poll.
Jega who was represented by the Commissioner in charge of Party Matters in the Commission, Hajia Aminat Zakari, urged electorate to ensure that they collect their permanent voter’s cards to so as to be eligible to exercise their franchise.
The workshop which drew participants from the 20 political parties participating in the election provided platform for stakeholders in the state gubernatorial election to brainstorm with emphasis on the need for political gladiators in the state to shun violence at the poll.
The Special Adviser to President Jonathan noted that the workshop was aimed at educating stakeholders in the election on electoral laws and regulations, thus emphasising the need for political actors to shun violence during the election.
Senator Obi called on politicians to desist from seeing politics as a do or die affair but rather an instrument for socio-economic development.
While noting that the task of conducting successful election was a joint responsibility of all stakeholders, the Special Adviser urged politicians to collaborate with INEC to ensure credible election.
Also speaking, the Vice President, Nigeria Labour Congress, Comrade Issa Aremu, charged politicians to make the campaign an issue based rather than attacking personality.
Comrade Aremu called on INEC to provide a level playing ground for all political parties, submitting that the commission had important roles to play in the sustenance of the nation’s democracy.
Speaking with journalists later, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Deputy Governorship Candidate, Mr Adejare Bello and the interim Chairman of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) in the state, Elder Lowo Adebiyi, at the workshop, described the workshop as a welcome development.
The participants then expressed assurance that their parties would adhere strictly to the electoral laws and regulations before, during and after the election.