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Towards Ensuring Peaceful Election In Ondo

APC; Ondo APC; Ondo Election
Posted: Sep 4, 2016 at 7:01 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Barring any unforeseen development, the staggered governorship election to be conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Ondo State will hold on November 26 this year. The successful conduct of the crucial and decisive election will usher in a new governor to succeed the outgoing Governor Olusegun Mimiko whose eight­year tenure would soon end.

But without sounding alarmist, we observe that if care is not taken, the unending ridiculous, shameful and saddening avoidable occurrences dotting the political landscape which are the handiwork of selfish and corrupt politicians could threaten the successful conduct of the forthcoming governorship election in Ondo.

The wanton display of rascality and recklessness by politicians in the state was taken to a ridiculous and worrisome level on August 29, 2016, when fetish items of various types and sizes, as well as traditional cutlasses and palm fronts were reportedly strategically positioned at the State Secretariat of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Akure, Ondo State. As expected, since this sad development which has made the crisis rocking APC in the state assume another dimension, many members of the public within the locality have fled to preserve their lives.

Also, as expected, the recently sacked State Chairman of APC, embattled Isaac Kekemeke who the State Secretary of APC, Abayomi Adesanya had alleged embarked on fetish means to perpetuate himself in office, had since denied any wrongdoing.

Already, the State Executive Committee of the party had gone to the Federal High Court, Abuja to stop Kekemeke from parading himself as the Chairman of APC in Ondo. The crisis bedevilling the governorship primaries of the party in the state remains largely unresolved.

As it is in APC in Ondo, the family of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state is yet to speak with a united voice over who to represent the party in the November 26, 2016 governorship election.

Recently, former Commissioner for Justice and Attorney ­General under the administration of Governor Olusegun Mimiko, Eyitayo Jegede, SAN, was declared winner of the governorship primaries conducted by the faction of the National Chairman, Caretaker Committee of PDP, Senator Ahmed Markafi. Also, Publisher and businessman, Jimoh Ibrahim, is governorship candidate of the faction of PDP led by former Governor of Borno State and ousted National Chairman of the party, Ali Modu-Sheriff.

It is unfortunate that the protracted crisis rocking the PDP at the national level since the former ruling party was voted out in 2015 is bedevilling the party in Ondo.

We implore the leadership of the two factionalised major political parties in Ondo to immediately put their acts together and find lasting solution to their problems that are capable of endangering the smooth conduct of the governorship election in the “Sunshine State”. It is in the overall interest of all political leaders in the state to ensure nothing beclouds the sun that is set to shine in the state.

We remind them that posterity will not forgive them if they allow anything to derail the unbroken 17 ­year ­old democratic dispensation in the state.

We condemn all acts of impunity, indiscipline, lawlessness and insensitivity to the feelings of the ordinary citizens of Ondo State by the politicians. A situation in which politicians have degenerated to the ridiculous level of using fetish means to settle internal wranglings while jostling for elective positions in the 21st Century is worrisome. This is barbaric and shows that perpetrators of such acts are un-civilised.

Jostling for elective positions should not be a do-­or-­die affair. We urge all those aspiring to participate in the November 26, 2016 governorship election in Ondo to abide by the rules of the game. Only one winner will emerge at the end of the day. We see no justification for the lingering tension, insecurity, palpable fears, controversy and uncertainty hovering over the political landscape ahead of the governorship election in Ondo.

However, the only way to allay the fears of the hapless citizens is for those concerned to put necessary measures in place that would guarantee that the election will not only be conducted in a conducive environment but also be free, fair, credible and acceptable.