The Yoruba Leadership and Peace Initiative (TYLPI), a socio-cultural group and think-tank, has urged Osun State people to make today’s governorship poll a watershed in the history of elections in the state and Nigeria as a whole.
In a press statement signed by its General Secretary, Mr. Femi Adefemiwa and Chairman, Publicity Committee, Sir Folu Olamiti, and made available to Saturday Sun, the group urged all stakeholders to put an end to all ignoble traits and shenanigans witnessed in the Ekiti exercise.
TYLPI stated that the governorship election offers an opportunity for the country to show the world that she is capable of organising free, fair, credible and transparent elections devoid of violence, malpractices and manipulation of results.
The group asked INEC to reassure the nation of a credible election today, warning that, vote buying that marred the July 14 Ekiti State governorship poll must not be permitted to rear up its ugly head.
“Vote-buying episode in Ekiti was an ugly chapter in Nigeria’s electoral history, and that has made the country a laughing stock before the international community,” the statement emphasised.
Reviewing political development in the country, the group deplored the perceived do-or die attitude of politicians to cling to or gain power, saying such desperation was unduly overheating the polity and distracting from meaningful governance and development in the society.
While calling on security agencies to be alert to nip any trouble in the bud, TYLPI urged restraint by all parties and cautioned the people of the state against being used to cause chaos.