By Richard Thomas, Ibadan
The Chairman, Oyo State chapter of Inter-Party Advisory Council, (IPAC), Otunba Adegbenro Fagbemi has admonished politicians to exhibit the spirit of sportsmanship in politics.
He noted that this will promote peace and development in the political activities of the country and OyoSttate in particular.
Otunba Fagbemi gave the admonition in an exclusive interview with Western Post in Ibadan, saying the lack of spirit of sportsmanship in the political activities of the country has been a bane to development.
According to him, politicians should not make politics a do or die affair in order to create an atmosphere of peace capable of promoting national development and a nation where progress and orderliness thrive.
Otunba Fagbemi who charged politicians to be up and doing in their political activities said it was high time they set the record straight by redefining the system, just as he urged political parties and their stakeholders to do proper screening of their candidate before presentation for election exercises.
Speaking on the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR), exercise by the Oyo State Independent National Electoral Commission,(INEC), Otunba Fagbemi commended the commission’s leadership for its efforts at sensitizing and creating more awareness, urging the populace to take advantage of the opportunity to register and get their voter’s card ready to enable vote in 2023.
“IPAC and INEC have robust relationship since 2018 and 2019 pre-election period.
“We have held a series of lectures with stakeholders, political parties, religious leaders and many others, in order to make them understand why they need to play active and very good roles in pre-elections and election matters.
“The difference between the numbers of registered voters and the number of voters who turn our for elections is wide, and post mortem review shows that a wide number of people without voter card is large too.
“INEC has started Continuous Voter Registration exercise and people need to take the advantage of the occasion to get their voter card.
“The objective as at 2018 was to allow people in age 18 to register and vote in the future elections and to also allow people who have relocated from their previous places to change their polling centres and be able able to vote,” he said.
According to him, of paramount importance is the need to check some of the polling centres located in the compound of some political leaders during the election, adding that all polling centres should be sited in open places.
Otunba Fagbemi said IPAC has continued to collaborate with INEC to ensure these objectives are achievable and successful in order to make future elections achieve success.