By Tunde Oyekola, Osogbo
Ooni of Ile-Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja 11 has pleaded with the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr Ibrahim Idris to assemble candidates of all Political parties seeking to contest the 2019 Presidential election together in a Seminar before the election.
This, according to Oba Ogunwusi will guarantee the conduct of peaceful election in the country.
The Ooni who made the plea while speaking at a one day Seminar organised by the Inspector General of Police in Osogbo said that the bringing of the aspirants from different political parties together at a forum would make them interact with each other and promote friendship among members of various political parties before the election.
Oba Ogunwusi commended the police for bringing together candidates of the 48 political parties who are contesting the September 22 governorship election in Osun adding that this will ensure peace in the state.
The Ooni who said that those seeking for the highest position in the state and at the national level want to render service to the people appealed to them not to use force to get to power.
In his Speech, the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris assured Nigerians that the September 22nd gubernatorial election in Osun state is peaceful.
Idris was speaking at a one-day seminar organised for electoral stakeholders in the state on the theme: “Imperativeness of Police Collaboration With Essential Stakeholders: Towards Secured, Free, Fair and Credible Election in Nigeria.”
He said each of the local governments in the state would be massively policed to ensure peaceful conduct of electorate.
According to the police boss, critical stakeholders would still meet to plan further saying the police would distribute telephone numbers that residents can call in case of violence.
At the one-day seminar held at De Distinguished hall, IGP Idris, Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi, the Resident Electoral Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mr Segun Agbaje and political parties agreed to work towards peace at the forthcoming poll.
The seminar which was under the chairmanship of the Vice Chancellor of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife discussed ways at achieving peace before during and after the poll.
In their separate remarks, the stakeholders including governorship candidates in the state agreed to be peaceful before, during and after the September 22nd governorship election.
The REC reiterated his commitment to transparency, neutrality and credibility at the poll.
Agbaje called on the residents of the state to collect their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs).
Present at the Seminar were governorship of all political parties and their deputies, party executive as well as traditional rulers and Electoral staff.