ODA: politicians don’t turn Osun into a theatre of war
The Osun Development Association (ODA) has called on politicians, especially those vying in the August 9 governorship election, not to turn the state into a theatre of war.
The association’s Chairman, Prof. Olu Aina and Secretary, Mr. Ademola Fabunmi, in statement yesterday, noted with dismay what it described as “the disturbing reports of acts of thuggery, threats to life, arms stockpile and vandalism associated with the state’s electioneering,” warning that such activities have the unhealthy tendency to mar next month’s governorship election.
“We are extremely worried that rather than focusing on strategies to win the hearts and minds of the electorate, politicians in Osun are preparing for outright war. The ugly trend is, unfortunately, reinforced by alarming and reckless pronouncements by political leaders boasting that their parties would win the election at all costs. “We therefore, call on all stakeholders, particularly politicians, not to turn Osun State into a theatre of needless conflict, which would disrupt the prevailing peace and harmony of the people of Osun and stifle the state’s development,” the statement stated.
It called on President Goodluck Jonathan and the Federal Government to live up to their claim of utmost neutrality in elections by ensuring that the Osun poll is credible.
The association warned that the bloated or excessive deployment of security operatives for the election has the potential to intimidate voters.