Osun REC Warns Politicians, Parties Against Violence

By Timothy Agbor, Osogbo

As Osun state bubbles with beehive of political activities following the governorship election slated for August 9, the Resident Electoral Commissioner of the state Independent National Electoral Commission, Mr. Olusegun Agbaje on Thursday, 3rd July, 2014 said the consequences of failure of the poll would be too grave therefore the electoral body and other stakeholders cannot but put their best in making it successful.

Addressing his maiden press briefing at INEC state headquarters conference hall in Osogbo on Thursday, 3rd July, 2014, Agbaje noted that the commission’s mission is to conduct a free fair, transparent and credible election that will meet the aspiration of Nigerians and the international community.

Specifically, the new REC  assured the people of the state that the commission was determined more than ever before to conduct a rigging-free election stressing that the consequences of failure in the poll would be too sever that it should not be contemplated.

He said “the consequences of failure in this exercise are too grave that it should not even be contemplated. Simply put, INEC and other stakeholders cannot afford to fail.”

While stressing the need for stakeholders to rally round the commission in achieving optimum success in the voting exercise, Agbaje enjoined political party leaders in the state to caution their followers against violence.

Agbaje urged in particular the media not to relent in encouraging peaceful campaigns by the various political parties and their candidates to further assist the commission in achieving a credible and acceptable poll.

His words: “it is very important to further re-assure our people in Osun state that the Commission is determined more than ever before to conduct a very free, fair, and credible governorship election on 9th August, 2014 in the state.

“To this end, the cooperation and support of all critical stakeholders is highly solited if we must achieve this very important goal. Political parties leaders are enjoined to caution their followers to play politics by the rules and eschew politics with bitterness. This will go a long way in creating the enabling peaceful environment needed for the conduct of a very free, fair, credible and acceptable poll.

“The efforts of the media in encouraging peaceful campaigns by the various political parties and their candidates would further assist in achieving a credible poll in the state.

“The commission would robusly intensify its voter education campaigns across the state and the media, political parties and their candidates, traditional and religious institutions, the Civil Society groups and other friendly establishmens like the National Orientation Agency, Federal Information Department, etc are hereby enjoined to partner with INEC in this regard.

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