By Timothy Agbor, Osogbo
Osun state students have been charged to avoid any act calpable of marring Saturday’s governorship election in the state as they file out to exercise their franchise.
Also, politicians especially candidates in the gubernatorial race have been urged to desist from inducing students from engaging in violence before, during and after the August 9 election.
In a statement issued in Osogbo on Thursday, 7th August, 2014 by the leadership of the Students’ Union of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, made available to journalists, electorate were advised to vote wisely for the right candidate, shun any action that may render the election controversial.
The statement signed by the President and Public Relations Officer of the Students’ body, Comrade Ibikunle Isaac and Comrade Bamidele Oludare respectively, cautioned students against being allowed to be used as political tools in the hands of gladiators for their selfish interests before, during and after the poll.
The statement reads: “To all Nigerian students in Osun state, it is important that we restate as Great IFE Students Union that the Union remains non-partisan as this is against the ethics, principles and traditions of our great Union. In the same light we implore other Students’ Union and Students’ movement in the state to desist from being partisan as this will be tantamount to dredging a hole in the future of our country, Nigeria.
“We are the leaders of tomorrow they say but which nation do we intend to lead if we betray its future from now? Let us as Nigerian students conduct ourselves at the polls as peaceful citizens and cast our votes as critically minded individuals.
“We must not allow ourselves to be used as political tools in the hands of the political gladiators for their unholy intentions during and after the elections.
“An important feature of every democracy is periodic elections, this which the Nigerian clime and sacrosanct constitution permit to be held every four years is what will happen in Osun state come 9th August 2014.
“Nigeria has witnessed, since her independence, various elections with some marred with allegations of rigging and lack of fairness in the electoral system. Such issues over the years have either been buried or settled in the court of law.
“We implore the good people of Osun to ensure that they desist from such action and inactions that may render this coming elections controversial and at the same time paint the country Nigeria and Osun state in bad colours. “This national disgrace must be prevented now!
“In the spirit of the aforesaid it is exigent to point out that the best way to have both moral and legal leverage over whoever emerges at the polls is to ensure that you cast your vote for the best candidate.
“Good people of Osun should employ their critical mind at the polls. It is important that we continue to secure the future of the state with our votes as our conscience and the generation will demand that we account for actions today.
“Let us conduct ourselves as peaceful patriots of the state and the country at large. Desist from all forms of electoral violence and manipulation of intention at the polls.
“To all political parties that have candidates and all elder statesmen in the state, it is important to remind you to desist from sponsoring any form of electoral malpractice and violence as your time will go and another will come.
“Lay a good path for the present generation of youths in order that you may see a better Nigeria which you fought at Independence.”