Governor Ademola Adeleke of Osun State has urged politicians to embrace peaceful electioneering strategies as the nation prepares for next month’s general elections.
Speaking in his office while receiving leaders of thought from the state on Friday evening, the governor condemned the increasing disruptive nature of campaigns in some areas of the state, particularly the vandalization of billboards and posters.
“I call on politicians and their supporters to remain peaceful. We must imbibe the culture of harmonious campaign devoid of thuggery and untoward activities. Election is not and should not be taken as war.
“Election is about the people exercising their voting rights. Our jobs as political leaders is to market our programmes and candidates, to convince voters to accept us. It is out of order to propagate and employ violence as an electioneering tool.
“I particularly condemn the increasing vandalization of campaign posters and billboards ahead of the elections. I was a victim during the last governorship election. Politicians should know that the people are the ultimate decider of their leaders.
“Those involved in this violent acts must stop forthwith. I’m also directing security agencies to arrest and prosecute anybody caught destroying candidates’ billboards and posters irrespective of party affiliations. We must restore sanity, law and order in our electoral process,” Adeleke said.